Dream Fund 2014
We received a record 650 applications to Dream Fund 2014 which was over double the number we expected. Confirmation letters regarding all applications have been e-mailed to each applicant. If you applied, please check your inbox.
Due to receiving such a high number of applications, the deadline for stage 2 applications has been extended to Friday November 15th at 5:30pm. The winners will be announced in January.
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.
Registered charities and community organisations in Scotland, England or Wales can join forces to apply for up to £250,000 to deliver a new and innovative project up to 24 months in length that meets one of the following funding criteria:
Encouraging Healthy Living
This category is about promoting positive outcomes in people’s health, fitness and wellbeing by encouraging people to be more healthy and active in their daily lives. We are looking for visionary projects that offer long-lasting and innovative solutions to the advancement of health and wellbeing amongst local communities. We particularly welcome applications which focus on involving children and young people in healthy living.
If you have an entrepreneurial dream to deliver important social or environmental aims then this category could be for you. The winning project will seek to address social and environmental challenges in innovative and sustainable ways and will provide a compelling long-term vision beyond the original duration of funding. We are especially interested in projects that provide greater life opportunities for people.
Environmental sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. We are seeing this across the world with moves towards renewable energy sources, wider use of recycling and greater awareness of how our food is produced and sourced. The winning project for this category will involve, engage and inspire local communities to live in a more environmentally sustainable fashion. We especially welcome applications from projects that seek to reduce carbon emissions and that can be used as a template for others to follow.
Dream Fund 2014 has a three stage application process:
Applicants must submit a one-page A4 summary detailing the proposal for their Dream Fund project. The proposal should include the following information:
- a brief description of the organisations who are partnering
- a project description
- details of why the project is a ‘dream’ project
- the funding category your project falls under
- the amount of funding you are requesting
Stage 1 opens for applications on Monday 5th August and closes on Friday 20th September. We request that all one page project summaries are submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be informed of their progress via e-mail shortly after the deadline.
The most impressive, exciting and original projects will then be shortlisted and asked to apply via a formal online application form. The deadline for submitting stage 2 applications is Friday 15th November at 5:30pm.
Stage 2 applicants will then be shortlisted again and the very best entries will be asked to attend our offices in Edinburgh to give a formal presentation on their project to the Dream Fund judges. The winning projects will then be announced at our Charity Gala on January 29th 2014.
Please read the guidance notes thoroughly before applying: