New figures reveal that over £4.8 million of National Lottery funding was invested in Dumfries and Galloway in the last year alone.
Across the area 108 grants were awarded last year; benefiting local arts, sports and heritage projects alongside community groups helping those most in need.
Grants were awarded to a wide range of projects in 2014, including £1,348 to Wigtownshire Home-Start to recruit and train more volunteers to be paired with vulnerable families and £6,871 for Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group to buy new equipment and undertake training.
These projects, or any organisation that has ever received Lottery funding, has the possibility of gaining national recognition through entering the National Lottery Awards 2015.
John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “Every National Lottery player should feel proud of the incredible difference they are making to the local community. They raise an astonishing £33 million every week for a huge variety of life-changing projects.
“The National Lottery Awards offer a chance to celebrate the fantastic work of Lottery-funded projects. If you know of a great project that deserves to shine, then please nominate them for an Award.”
The National Lottery Awards have seven categories to reflect the range of areas that the Lottery funds - Sport, Heritage, Arts, Environment, Health, Education and Voluntary/Charity.
The winners of The National Lottery Awards will receive a £2,000 cash prize and national recognition at a star-studded ceremony broadcast on BBC One later this year.
If you want to nominate your favourite project or enter your own project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk or call 0207 293 3599 to find out more. Entries must be received by midnight 25 March.