Tips and Hints

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Tips and Hints

We know that the Dream Fund is a different type of funding, so we have put together some tips and hints to help you write the best possible application, and avoid some of the mistakes that commonly occurred when applying. 

Click on the topics below to find out more:

Think Big
Partner Up
Leave a Legacy
Engage the Public
Read the Guidance Notes
Brainstorm


Think Big

It is called the Dream Fund for a reason. We want organisations to think big and apply for their dream project, the project they have always wanted to deliver but never had the opportunity to do so. We are looking for projects that are original, inspiring and which seek to address the challenging issues facing society today.

Partner Up

The Dream Fund encourages charities to collaborate and applications must come from a partnership of at least two organisations who have joined together to deliver their dream project. Cooperating organisations should complement each other and bring together different skills and experience. There will be a lead partner but all organisations should play an active role in the delivery of their project. 

Leave a Legacy

One of the most important criteria we look for when assessing Dream Fund applications is the quality of the legacy the project will leave behind once it is finished. Successful projects will leave a positive and enduring legacy to their beneficiaries and local areas and once our funding ends the project should be in a position to go from strength to strength.

Engage the Public

To be one of our Dream Fund winners your project will need the capacity to capture people’s imagination, engage the public and generate press coverage. We expect successful applicants to be proactive in seeking to gain publicity for their Dream Fund project

Read the Guidance Notes

This is one of the most common pitfalls for charities when applying for funding. Our guidance notes details the specifics of what we are looking for from potential projects as well as what we do not fund. Applicants should read these thoroughly before applying and if they have any questions about applying should contact the Dream Fund helpdesk on info@postcodetrust.org.uk

Brainstorm

If you are having trouble thinking about what to apply for a good idea is to get all the project partners in a room and brainstorm the sort of innovative and impactful projects that you would deliver if you had the chance. Please be ambitious in thinking of project proposals.