Apply to the Dream Fund

Apply to the Dream Fund

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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. We are asking charitable organisations across Great Britain to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project.

The Dream Fund is now closed for applications and will be open again next year in August.

Dream Fund 2017 is offering a total award fund of over £2.5 million for charitable organisations to deliver their ‘dream’ project in Great Britain (Scotland, England or Wales) in 2017-2019.

Successful projects will be announced in January 2017. 

Dream Fund 2017 Guidance Notes

You can read about the previous winners of the Dream Fund here.

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Registered charities and community organisations in Scotland, England or Wales can join forces to apply for up to £1 million to deliver a new and innovative project up to 24 months in length that meets one or more of the following funding themes:

  • Early child development;
  • Helping refugees in our community;
  • Conserving our marine environment;
  • Reconnecting with the natural world; and,
  • Engaging people with arts' culture and heritage.

Full details on the five funding themes are available here.

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  • Applications must be innovative, creative and original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream’.
  • One of these organisations MUST be a registered charity and be the lead organisation for the project who enters into a contractual relationship with the Trust in order to deliver the collaborative project.  The main grant contact must be with this organisation.
  • The other partners can be charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.
  • Please note that we have restrictions regarding income levels of applicants. The lead partner in any application must have an annual income that is at least two times the amount applied for.
    • For example, if you are applying for £500,000 then the lead partner’s annual income must be at least £1 million in the last audited accounts.
    • If you are applying for £1 million then the lead partner’s annual income must be at least £2 million in the last audited accounts.
    • There is no maximum upper limit regarding the annual income of applicants.
    • The minimum amount charities may apply for is £500,000.
  • We encourage applicants to think big and be as creative as possible when submitting their application. If you have an idea for the Dream Fund it is always worth contacting the Dream Fund helpdesk and seeing if your project is suitable before applying.



Applicants submit their proposal through a simple online application form that will be available to access from Monday 15th August until Sunday 25th September at 5:30pm (the deadline has been extended from Sep 15th). Applicants should provide the following details:

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


The most impressive, exciting and original projects will then be shortlisted and asked to apply via a formal online application form. Stage 2 will be open between Oct 1st and Oct 30th.


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 on December 5th/6th.