Fund title: Postcode Dream Trust: Dream Fund

Focus of fund/fund aims:

For large-scale, collaborative projects that address the root causes of social or environmental problems

Application deadline:

Stage 1 applications by 15 October 2019

Fund description:

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. There is a total of £3million available this year for ambitious, collaborative projects. Grants will be between £500,000 and £1.5million.

Postcode Dream Trust is encouraging applications from projects which seek to achieve systemic change by addressing an important social or environmental problem through innovation and collaboration.

The new funding themes are:

  • Environmental Systems Change – for collaborative and innovative projects that develop long-term solutions to systemic environmental problems. Areas of interest include projects that challenge environmental degradation.
  • Sustainability Systems Change – for projects that promote sustainable consumption by shifting the way people live, work and connect with others.
  • Health & Wellbeing Systems Change – for projects that address the root causes of social problems that affect people’s health and wellbeing.

To develop a “systems change” project, applicants are required to address an issue from the bottom-up (such as change at the community level) as well as from the top-down (such as influencing the decisions and behaviour of key stakeholders and institutions). For each of the funding priorities the Trust is looking for projects that can clearly address the root causes of the environmental or social problems they are looking to solve.

Projects must be innovative, creative and original, and be a genuine ‘dream’.

Applications must come from a partnership of at least two charitable organisations. The lead partner must be a registered charity. The other partners can be registered charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.

Local authorities and other public-sector bodies are not eligible to participate.

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