People’s Postcode Lottery launches £3.5m Dream Fund

People’s Postcode Lottery has launched a £3.5m fund for charities to “bring their dream project to life”.

This year its annual Dream Fund is offering funding for charities over three years from 2022.

It is the largest prize pot the Fund has offered. The top award will be for £1.25m in funding.

Projects to be funded include those that “develop innovative solutions and deliver systematic change”.

Green issues, social equality and pandemic recovery are being prioritised.

"This announcement marks the start of an exciting process which will see £3.5 million raised by our players awarded to truly inspirational projects,” said Laura Chow, head of charities at the People’s Postcode Lottery.

"The Dream Fund has made a remarkable difference to so many projects over the last nine years, and I have no doubt that we’ll see many more bold and courageous ideas submitted this year."

Applications close on 1 November. Winners will be announced in March 2022.

Among previous successful applicants has been a joint project by Whizz Kidz, Duchene UK and the University of Edinburgh called Wheels for Change. This project was awarded £1m to develop a technologically advanced and affordable wheelchair for children.

Whizz Kidz strategy and innovation director Malcolm Tyndall said: “The £1 million received from the Dream Fund gave us the unique opportunity to work closely with world leading partners and other charities, forming lasting relationships we still benefit from today.”

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