Dorset-based funders

This list of Dorset-based funders will help those looking for funding for community groups or individuals in need in our county.

Dorset-based funders

In 2021 we carried out a survey with groups who have applied to us for funding. One of the suggestions that resulted was to provide information on other funders local to Dorset, outside DCF programmes.

This list was published in September 2022 and may not be an exhaustive list. It features Dorset-based funders only – there are of course many other regional and national funders that consider applications from Dorset.

For advice on funders and support with funding applications we encourage groups to contact the following agencies who support local voluntary sector groups. They also provide advice, training and networking opportunities to support good governance.

Area Funder
(follow link for details)
Dorset wide
Richard Davies Charitable Foundation Y
Simon Digby Charitable Trust Y
Talbot Village Trust
(Purbeck, East Dorset and BCP)
Valentine Charitable Trust Y
Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Charitable Trust Y
Burry Charitable Trust
Hangers Heroes The Small Charities Charity Y Y
Joan Turner Foundation Y Y
The Arthur Francis Patrick McCullagh Trust Y Y
The Chesil Trust Y Y
The Dorset Garden Trust Y Y
The Greenhill Fellowship Trust Y Y
The Redlynch Charitable Trust Y Y
Boyle’s Educational Foundation Y
The Gordon Charitable Trust Y
Jack Bradshaw Educational Trust Y
Steven Bernard Foundation Y
The Bridge Educational Trust Y
The Macdougall Trust Y
The Phillis Romayne Charity Y
Changing Key Dorset Y
Thomas Phelipps Y
George Temperance Trust Y
The Leonardo Trust Y Y
Clingan’s Trust
(Specified area)
Christchurch Charitable Trust Y
Christchurch Magdalen Trust
Legate’s Charity
Robert Braddon Educational Trust (Bournemouth) Y
Roberts Thomson and Others Scholarships Foundation (Current and ex students of Bournemouth School) Y
East Dorset
William Mackrell The Elder and Younger (Sturminster Marshall and surrounding area) Y
Queen Elizabeth’s School Trust (Current and ex students of Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne) Y
The Digby Charity (Wimborne area) Y
North Dorset
The Simon Digby (Sherborne) Memorial Trust Y
Blandford Forum Charities Y Y
John Foyle’s Charity (Shaftsbury) Y Y
Shaftesbury Charitable Trust Y Y
The Charity of William Williams (Blandford Forum, Sturminster Newton and Shaftesbury) Y Y
Milton Abbas Emily Faulkner Trust (Current and ex students of The Blandford School) Y
The Gryphon Foundation (Current and ex students of The Gryphon School, Sherborne) Y
William Holy Hasted Trust (Current and ex students of Milton Abbey School) Y
Purbeck Y
Wool Surgery Charity Fund Y Y
Corfe Castle Charity (Corfe and Kingston) Y
Lockyer’s Charity (Lytchett Minster and Upton) Y
The Cecil Charity (Lythett Matravers and surrounding area) Y
Thomas Williams Educational Foundation (Bere Regis) Y
West Dorset
Shipton Gorge Heritage Ltd Y
Winifred May Walbridge Trust (Symondsbury and Bridport) Y
Buckland Newton Relief in Need Charity Y Y
The Litton Cheney Relief in Need Trust Y Y
The Steve Charles Help A Friend Fund (West Dorset, Weymouth and Portand) Y Y
Alton Pancras Trust Y Y Y
Ashley Churchill and Thorner Educational Trust (Dorchester and Crossways) Y
Bridport Young Persons Action Trust Y Y
Dorchester Poverty Action Y
Dorchester Relief in Need Charity Y
Dorchester Market Car Boot Fund          (within 6.67 miles of Dorchester Market) Y
Hardyeans Club Charitable Association (Dorchester) Y
Melplash Agricultural Society Limited (Area of 12 miles around Melplash) Y
The Daniel Symonds and Mary Ann Pope Charitable Trust
(Current and ex students of Kingston Maurward and Weymouth Colleges)
The Fred Young Trust (Mosterton) Y
Thomas Hardye Foundation (Current and ex students of Thomas Hardye School) Y
Weymouth & Portland
Westham Support Fund (Weymouth) Y Y
Weymouth Town Charities (Weymouth and Portland) Y Y
Sir Samuel Mico’s Charities (Weymouth and Portland) Y


Other support finding grants for individuals

  • Turn2Us – search engine for grants to individuals and runs own funding programme
  • Acts 435 – platform for churches and faith organisations to find donors to support individuals in need
  • Age UK – support finding grants available for older people
  • Carers Trust – support finding grants for unpaid carers
  • Citizens Advice (Dorset Council area) and Citizens Advice BCP– advice and support for those in financial difficulty, may be able to signpost to grants
  • Disability Grants – guidance for parents/carers of disabled children
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