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Dream Fund 2014

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. The winners of Dream Fund 2014 were announced in January and you can read about them here.

The Dream Fund will be open again for applications later on in the year. Please note that the funding themes and guidelines detailed below will change.

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.

Social Enterprise

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

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 1 - AS

Dream Fund 2014 had a three stage application process:

Stage 1

Applicants submitted a one-page A4 summary detailing the proposal for their Dream Fund project, including 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 2

The most impressive, exciting and original projects were then shortlisted and asked to apply via a formal online application form. 

Stage 3

Stage 2 applicants were then shortlisted again and the very best entries were asked to attend our offices in Edinburgh to give a formal presentation on their project to the Dream Fund judges.

The winning projects were announced at our Charity Gala in January.

The guidance notes for this year's Dream Fund can be accessed below. 

Dream Fund Guidance Notes