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Charities £1m dream fund now open

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Charities looking for funding for their most exciting projects can now apply to the biggest ever ​People's Postcode Lottery Dream Fund

A £1million fund for charities to create their dream project has been launched by People’s Postcode Lottery.

Dream Fund 2015 encourages charities and community groups to think of their dream charitable project, which can be created over a 24-month period, and apply for the funding to bring it to life.

Now in its fifth year, this year’s prize fund is the largest ever with a first prize of £750,000 and a runner-up prize of £250,000

Last year Play on Pedals, a joint collaboration between CTC: the national cycling charity, Play Scotland, Cycling Scotland and Glasgow Bike Station, secured £231,951, which provided the vital funding required to allow it to ensure every four-year-old child in Glasgow has the chance to learn how to ride a bicycle before they start school.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s fund People’s Postcode Lottery head of charities Clara Govier said: “The Dream Fund is an opportunity for charities to finally work on a project they have always dreamed of. It’s designed to encourage charities and community projects to work together on a project that has always been just too big, or too expensive.

“Our previous winners have taken tremendous pride in finally seeing their dream projects come to life, all thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.”

Polly Jarman, development officer at Play on Pedals added: “This project is only possible thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

“We would encourage any charity that has a project they have always wished to launch to apply for the Dream Fund 2015. The process is straightforward, and the funding has allowed us to create the project we always hoped to create.

“We are now training our first Hero Organisations and aim to have 7500 children engaged by the end of next year – who knows, we may just have the future commonwealth and Olympic Games stars in our midst!”

Applications for the Dream Fund are open until 30 September, with winners being announced at a charity gala held in January 2015.