A Children’s Publishing initiative in Sligo won the Arts and Culture category at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards in Dublin on Saturday night.
Minister for Culture, Arts and Heritage Josepha Madigan was present on the night which marks the 4,000 projects that receive annual funding as a result of the Good Causes Fund from the National Lottery.
CEO Andrew Algeo spoke of the €625,000 that was going to Good Causes every day of the year from the fund. It might seem an awful lot but the Lottery does not get recognition as much as it might as the funding is distributed through Government departments and agencies including the Arts Council.
The Good Cause Awards are in their third year and give an opportunity for projects to tell their impressive stories on a wider stage than they would normally be able to.
The stated mission of the Kids own Publishing Partnership is to develop, publish and promote artwork and writing created by children for children and their communities through meaningful engagement with professional artists.
Here is the story of what they do. As a result of Saturday night they now have €10,000 to develop more.