How to Apply

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How to Apply

Dream Fund 2015 opens for applications on September 1st. Please read the guidance notes thoroughly before applying:

Dream Fund Guidance Notes

 

 

Dream Fund 2015 has a three stage application process:

Stage 1

Stage 1 involves completing a simple online application form, which will be available to access from September 1st. The main information to be provided on the form is a summary that details the dream project being applied for including:

• A brief description of the organisations who are partnering
• A project description
• Details of why the project is a ‘dream’ project

The stage 1 application form will be available to access until Tuesday 30th September at 5:30pm. Applicants will be informed of their progress via e-mail within 3 weeks of the deadline.

Stage 2

The most impressive, exciting and original projects will then be shortlisted and asked to apply via a detailed online application form. 

Stage 3

Stage 2 applicants were then 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 are due to be announced at our Charity Gala on January 28th 2015.

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Funding Themes

Dream Fund 2015 is accepting applications for projects that meet one of the following funding themes: 

  • Advancement of participation in sports
  • Advancement of community development
  • Advancement of environmental protection
  • Advancement of health
  • Advancement of human rights
  • Prevention of poverty, distress and sickness

We are deliberately keeping the funding themes for Dream fund 2015 as general as possible as we hope this will allow applicants to focus their energies on applying for the dream project that fits their needs rather than a funder's. Also, we are more interested in hearing about projects that are genuinely creative, will deliver a long term legacy and have the capacity to capture the public's imagination rather than projects that exactly fit one of the above funding themes.

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The list below provides details of what we do and do not fund.

What We Fund

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Innovative, creative and original projects that are a real 'dream'

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Registered charities, voluntary organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises

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Projects of a maximum of 24 months in duration

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Projects that meet one of the six funding criteria

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Collaborations between a registered charity and another relevant organisation

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Projects that have been developed to a point where they are ready to execute

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General running costs including salaries, rent, utility bills and insurance that are linked to the project

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Purchase of capital items and equipment

 

What We Don't Fund

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Applications for more than £750,000

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Applications from a single organisation, or where the lead partner is not a registered charity

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Projects that are replications of existing strategies, or that lack creativity and ambition*

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Projects that do not benefit Scotland, England or Wales

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Statutory bodies or projects that the state has an obligation to provide (inc. schools/PTAs, councils and local authorities)

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Projects that are not developed enough to be put into action at the point of receiving funds

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Individuals and grant making bodies

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Applications that are for inflated small grants projects

 

* Please read about the previous Dream Fund winners to see examples of the level of projects that we are looking for.

This is not a full list of everything that we do and don’t fund. You must read the Guidance Notes fully to ensure that you are aware of what is eligible for funding. We are unable to accept applications for ineligible projects, so please check that you meet the criteria.

Dream Fund Guidance Notes