The Dream Fund was created to encourage charities to collaborate and apply for their dream project, the project they have always wanted to deliver but never had the opportunity to do so.
The Fund supports charities to develop innovative solutions to society’s most challenging problems. Applications that can score highly in their originality, ambition and collaborative nature stand the highest chances of being successful.
This year, the fund will offer a total award fund of £2.5 million for charitable organisations to deliver their ‘dream’ project in one or more areas in Great Britain in 2017-2019. Charities can apply for grants of between £500,000 and £1 million to deliver a project 24 months in length.
To be eligible, the project should be innovative, creative, and original. It should be a genuine dream, meaning that it is something that the group always wanted to do but never had the funding to make it a reality. The project should deliver a lasting impact and engage the wider public.
This year, there are five new themes:
- Early child development.
- Helping refugees in the community.
- Conserving the marine environment.
- Reconnecting with the natural world.
- Engaging people with arts, culture and heritage.
The Dream Fund encourages not-for-profit organisations to collaborate to deliver a more effective and wide ranging project. All applications must therefore come from at least two organisations. The lead organisation must be a registered charity. The other partners can be charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.
Applications will be accepted from 15 August 2016 to 15 September 2016 (5:30 pm).
It is expected that two or three projects will be successful, and these will be announced in January 2017.
Full details will be available on the Postcode Dream Trust website.
Source: Postcode Dream Trust, 18/07/2016