Charities and community groups in the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to apply for their share of £3 million in funding.

The People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund say they are looking for charities to apply for funding to bring their ‘dream’ project to life.

Funding from the scheme, now in its eighth year, will be offered over two years from 2018.

This year’s prize fund is the largest ever with a top award of £1 million and a total award fund of £3 million.

People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund gives charities the opportunity to be bold and courageous. This is an exciting opportunity for charities across the Scottish Borders to work together to develop their dream project. There are a lot of creative charities with great ideas in the Borders, so I’d urge people to be ambitious and get an application in before the deadline next month.

John Lamont MP, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

The Fund encourages collaboration between charities and good causes, to finance and deliver a project they have not had the opportunity to develop.

Applications for the Dream Fund are open until Tuesday 22 August. Winners will be announced in January 2018.