A small number of grants up to £1.5 million to enable not-for profit organisation in England, Scotland and Wales the opportunity to deliver a project they’ve dreamt of but haven’t had the funding to realise.

Application deadline: Tuesday 15 October 2019.
Funder: The People’s Postcode Lottery.  

The Postcode Dream Fund is an annual competition that aims to organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to make happen. General running costs, including ongoing staff costs, utility bills, council tax, rent and insurance that are directly linked with the project are eligible for funding. Costs relating to PR and communications and capital costs can also be funded.

Three or four grants are expected to be awarded. The programmes funding themes for 2019/20 are:

o Health & Wellbeing Systems Change – this theme is looking for innovative, creative and original projects that address the root causes of social problems that affect people’s health and wellbeing. Specific areas of interest include solutions that encourage social inclusion, build more resilient communities and promote healthy childhood development.
Sustainability Systems Change – this theme is looking for projects that promote sustainable consumption by shifting the way people live, work and connect with others. Specific areas of interest include urban food systems, plastics, food waste and recycling, and
o Environmental Systems Change – this theme is looking for collaborative and innovative projects that develop long term solutions to systemic environmental problems. Specific areas of interest include projects that challenge environmental degradation, in particular focusing on biodiversity and species preservation.

Registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales may apply for a grant of between £500,000 and £1.5 million for a project that can be delivered over a period of 24-36 months.

All applications must come from at least two organisations (collaborative projects are strongly encouraged) and must meet the following conditions:

o One of these organisations must be a registered charity, who will be considered the lead organisation for the project and will enter into a contractual relationship with the Trust in order to deliver the project. The main grant contact must be with this organisation.
o The supporting partners can be charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.
o The lead partner in any application must have an annual income that is at least two times the grant amount applied for (ie, if applying for £500,000 then the lead applicant must have an income of at least £1 million and if applying for £1.5 million then the lead applicant must have an income of at least £3 million as evidenced by their latest audited accounts).

Funding is not available for:

o Local authorities, city councils or government/statutory bodies.
o Schools.
o Hospitals.
o For-profit businesses.
o Charities who apply without any partners.
o Grant giving bodies who wish to distribute the funds to other organisations.
o Charities applying for projects where the beneficiaries reside overseas.
o Projects taking place overseas.
o Projects that are not innovative and do not represent a ‘dream’.
o Projects do not demonstrate a long term impact beyond the duration of funding.
o Projects applied for by local authorities and statutory bodies.
o Projects that will not spend the funding within 36 months.
o Requests of less than £500,000, 
o Requests of more than £1.5 million.

The deadline for applications is 5.30pm on Tuesday 15 October 2019. Applications should be made via a one-page online application form available from the Trust’s website.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by the end of October and invited to complete a full application form, which will also be an online process. There will be a further shortlisting process following the full application round in which successful applicants will be invited to give a formal presentation about their project at the Trust’s offices in Edinburgh.

Further information about the Postcode Dream Fund is available on the People’s Postcode Lottery website.

Contact details for the Fund are:

The Dream Fund Helpdesk
People's Postcode Lottery
76 George Street
Tel: 0131 603 8611

(Source: GRIN)

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