21 JUL 2017

Funding Boost for Local Charities

Local MP Helen Grant calls on Maidstone & The Weald Charities to apply for the Dream Fund 

MP Helen Grant has issued a rallying call to charities and community groups in Maidstone and the Weald to apply for their share of a massive £3 Million funding pot.

The People's Postcode Lottery's annual Dream Fund is offering charities the chance to apply for funding to bring their dream project to life.

The Dream Fund encourages collaboration between charities and good causes, bringing them together to apply for funding to finance their dream project – an idea they have always wanted to deliver but never had the opportunity to develop.

This year's prize fund is the largest ever with a top award of £1million and a total award fund of £3million. No organization from Maidstone and the Weald has yet benefitted from this financial boost, but with funding offered over two years from 2018, Mrs Grant believes this could be the perfect chance for her constituents to get creative and ambitious.

Speaking about the opportunity Mrs Grant said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity for a charity to secure the funding they need to really make a difference. I have been lucky enough to visit many charities and community projects across my constituency and I have seen for myself some of the fantastic work that is being done. This is a chance to step that up another level and to make an impact that could last a lifetime.

So I wholeheartedly urge organisations across the Maidstone area to get creative and put themselves in with a chance of securing funding from this fantastic scheme."

To date the Dream Fund has invested more than £7.3 Million in 24 projects across Great Britain, with previous winners including Heritage Heroes, a joint project between Canal & River Trust and Help for Heroes, and Missing People's 'Child Rescue Alert'.

Postcode Dream Trust is encouraging applications to Dream Fund 2018 from projects that fit within one or more of the charitable purposes which include: supporting families; improving people's lives through animals; green communities and increasing life chances for young people.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said: "I am proud that players of People's Postcode Lottery will be awarding an impressive £3million to winners of the 2018 Dream Fund. If you've got an idea or a project that you think is a little bit different then this is the funding opportunity for you. Good luck to all applicants."

Applications for the Dream Fund are open from Friday 14 July until Tuesday 22 August. Winners will be announced in January 2018. Please visit www.postcodedreamtrust.org.uk to apply today.

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