Grants for Groups

We award grants to local voluntary and community organisations, charities and social enterprises

Most of the grants we award are between £1,000 – £5,000.

Grants for Groups

We support local grassroots organisations that are well-placed to identify and address local needs and who deliver services and activities that improve the lives of Dorset residents. We do not usually support national charities. We want our grants to support and reflect the diversity of our county and we welcome applications from groups supporting diverse communities including those who may be facing discrimination.

Below you will find a list of our funding programmes and when they are next open for applications. For more information on each programme and to apply, click ‘Read More ‘. It is very important that you read the criteria and guidance information carefully before you apply.

Most of our funding programmes can support core costs (overall organisational costs such as office overheads, insurance or admin). Groups applying for a specific services or activity may include a contribution towards core costs, if this relevant to your group. Please contact the Grants Manager if you need further information.

Your application will be assessed by our grants team and you may be contacted for more information or clarification. Decisions are made by a grants panel. You should be notified of the outcome of your application around 6 weeks after the closing date unless stated otherwise.

We normally send out a Grant Alert when we open a programme for applications or launch a new funding programme. To receive our Grant Alert emails please sign up here.

Pre-application support is available for anyone in need of advice about the application process, or if you are unsure whether your project/activity is suitable. Please email our Grants Manager to arrange a 20 minute phone call.

Please also contact us if you need the application form in an alternative format.

Grants Manager, Ellie Maguire: 07592 032666 /

Fund Name Grant Size Opening Date Deadline Status
Dorset Welcome Fund Up to £5000 25 March 2024 midday, 3 May 2024 OPEN

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Wessex Water Foundation Environment Fund Up to £2,000 22 April 2024 17 May 2024 OPEN

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BCP Food & Energy  Support Fund Up to £7500 tbc 13 May 2024 tbc 31 May 2024 tbc CLOSED

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Community Wellbeing and Mental Health Fund Up to £10,000 24 June 2024 midday, 2nd August 2024 CLOSED

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Wessex Water Foundation Community Fund Up to £4,000 23 Sept 2024 18 Oct 2024 CLOSED

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Neighbourhood Fund Up to £5,000 Nov 2024 Jan 2025 CLOSED

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BCP Thriving Communities Fund Up to £5000 tbc tbc CLOSED

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