Postcode Dream Fund 2018 – Stage 1 deadline is Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 5.30 pm

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The Dream Fund is now open for applications. Charities can apply through our online application form at the link below. Please read the guidance notes thoroughly before applying. The deadline for stage one applications is August 22nd.

The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. We are asking charitable organisations across Great Britain to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project.

The Dream Fund allows charities to apply for up to £1,000,000 to deliver their ‘dream’ project in Great Britain (Scotland, England or Wales) in 2018-2020. There is a total award fund of £3,000,000.

Dream Fund accepts applications that meet one of the following four funding priorities:

 Increasing Life Chances for young people This broad theme focuses on the problems young people face including employability, education and social inclusion and we are looking to see projects that deliver tangible outcomes in these areas. Successful projects will involve far-reaching programmes that aim to make a transformational improvement in the life chances of young people. Young people are defined as being 16-25 years of age. We particularly welcome applications from diverse project partnerships that seek to engage young people in areas of life that they are disengaged from, such as culture, arts, heritage and the environment.

 Green communities People’s lack of connection with nature and the environment is an increasing problem of the modern world. If people aren’t connected to nature and the environment, they will be less engaged with its preservation and there will be fewer people willing to take action to conserve it. Increasing numbers of people, in particular children from low-income families, report that they have less and less contact with rural or urban wild spaces. However it is important that people are connected to the natural world for their own benefit as increased access to nature and the environment offers a myriad of physical and mental health benefits. The Dream Fund is looking for projects that can successfully bridge the gap between people and nature and offer original and enduring ways of engaging wide sections of society with the environment and its conservation.

 Supporting families We are looking for projects that can deliver a profound difference to the strengthening of families within Britain. We welcome innovative project partnerships that focus on all areas of family support including preventing family breakdown, adoption, fostering, children in care and extended family networks. We welcome applications from partnerships that seek to strengthen families as a way of challenging acute social problems such as tackling homelessness, child poverty and mental illness amongst others.

 Improving people’s lives through animals Animals have a proven effect on people’s wellbeing, and studies have demonstrated that they can improve physical and mental wellbeing through engagement with animals. We are looking for collaborative projects that can demonstrate innovative ways of using animals to improve people’s lives.

However, please note that we still accept applications for innovative, groundbreaking projects that fall outside our main funding priorities. Please contact the helpdesk on [email protected] to discuss any potential idea.

Dream Fund 2018 has a three stage application process.

Stage 1 – Innovation Toolkit The Dream Fund Innovation Toolkit has been designed to help you develop original and innovative projects and contains tools that can be used to: Identify the problem you want to solve  Create truly collaborative partnerships  Understand your audience and their needs  Develop and build ideas Each stage of the toolkit contains a number of practical innovation tools to help you think more creatively and effectively. The Toolkit is available here: http://www.postcodedreamtrust.org.uk/Dream-FundInnovation-Toolkit. You are also welcome to contact the Dream Fund Helpdesk to discuss any potential application.

For all the information and to apply please click here.

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