Nominate your local project for The Lottery Awards

We are calling on Gazette readers to nominate their favourite local Lottery-funded projects for recognition in The National Lottery Awards 2011.

The awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects and recognise the dedication of the people behind them. Lottery players raise £28 million every week for projects both large and small that make a difference to people, places and communities.

We would like to hear from readers if they know about a Lottery-funded project that has had a positive impact on the local area, made a real difference to people’s lives or if they are personally involved with a project that is transforming their community with the help of Lottery funding.

The National Lottery Awards have seven categories, each reflecting the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport and voluntary/charity.

The projects that make it to the finals of The National Lottery Awards will receive national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One later this year. They will also have a chance to win a £2,000 cash prize.

Readers can visit to find out more. Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday 18 February.

Rebecca Gowrley, The National Lottery Awards, 1 Plough Place, London EC4A 1DE