The Dream Fund was created to encourage charities in Great Britain to collaborate so that they can deliver their dream project.
Applications must come from a partnership of at least two charitable organisations, one of which will be designated as the lead. The lead partner organisation MUST be a registered charity. The other partners can be registered charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.
The Fund has increased this year and is providing a total of £3.5 million with grants of between £500,000 and £1.25 million. The money is to be used to deliver a project over a period of 24 months to 36 months in one or more areas of Great Britain in 2022-2025.
This year the Dream Fund is looking for projects that seek to implement systemic change in order to address an important social or environmental problem.
The themes change each year. The current themes are:
- Environmental Systems Change – this theme is looking for collaborative and innovative projects that develop long term solutions to systemic environmental problems. Areas of interest include projects that challenge environmental degradation, in particular focusing on biodiversity and species preservation.
- Social Inequality– this theme is looking for projects take systematic approaches to addressing the root causes of social inequality. Successful projects will be able to demonstrate how they will promote the social inclusion of groups that are disadvantaged or excluded from society. Potential areas of interest include early childhood development and educational attainment.
- Pandemic recovery – this theme is looking for projects that will support society to o recover from the effects of the pandemic. Potential areas of interest include loneliness and social isolation, health and wellbeing, domestic violence and support for neglected groups who have suffered disproportionately during the pandemic.
Stage 1 applications will be accepted from 1 October 2021 to 1 November 2021 (5:30pm).