5th August 2013
Charities compete for dream project funding
Postcode Trust today announced the launch of its biggest project yet – Dream
Dream Fund encourages registered charities, community groups, social
enterprises and voluntary organisations across Scotland, England and Wales to join
forces to apply for up to £250,000 funding to deliver their ‘dream’ project.
two years, a £500,000 funding pot will be available for projects ready to go
live in 2014 and 2015. This year's
funding round opens on Monday 5th August and closes on 20th
September. Shortlisted candidates will be notified in October and invited to
provide a full submission. The winners of the Dream Fund will be announced at
People's Postcode Lottery's Charity Gala on 29th January 2014.
possible by the on-going support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the
Dream Fund is now in its fourth year. It has so far invested over £1 Million in
innovative schemes in Scotland and the North West of England. This is the first year the fund has been open
to applicants across Great Britain, with the level of support rising from
£100,000 to £250,000.
Pearson, acting Head of Charities for People's Postcode Lottery, said, “The
launch of this year's Dream Fund is exciting - it's our biggest yet. Our themes for applicants are encouraging
healthy living, social enterprise and environmental sustainability.
encouraging applicants to think big and be as creative as possible. There are many challenges being faced by the
charitable and voluntary sector. That's
why we're inviting organisations to work together to apply for a larger pot of
funding. We believe £250,000 will really
help get innovative projects off the ground and brought to life.
the Dream Fund started it has grown in popularity each year with fantastic
quality projects looking for funding.
We're always looking for something a bit different.”
Dream Fund is calling on all charities and organisations to apply for funding and
to join the list of projects that have already received support. In 2013, Wild things! and the Whale and
Dolphin Conservation Society were awarded £74,069 and worked together to
develop the Moray Firth Coastal Classroom project. The project delivered naturalist knowledge
and training relating to marine mammals, biodiversity surveying and
Martin, founder of Wild Things! said, “Dream Fund has made a huge difference
and enabled us to increase our operations exponentially, so that we could make
our programmes far more accessible to a wider audience of young people and
increase the benefits of getting them active outdoors. Not only does the Coastal Classroom enable
young people to enjoy the health benefits of being outside but also to learn to
care for the natural world on their doorstep and see how unique and special an
environment they live in.
“Most of all though, the courses
are great fun and a terrific way to get young people active in a way which
helps toward developing a healthy lifestyle that is essential at a time when
mental and physical health in young people is challenged by a more sedentary
lifestyle. A big thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery – this money is
Full application information, including eligibility
criteria, can be found at www.postcodetrust.org.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday 20th