We support 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 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
|Fund Name||Grant Size||Opening Date||Deadline||Status|
|BCP Thriving Communities Fund||Up to £5,000||3 May 2023||midday, 23 June 2023||OPEN|
|BCP Food & Energy Support Fund||Up to £15,000||tbc||tbc||CLOSED|
|Wessex Water Community Fund||Up to £3,000||25 Sept 2023||midday, 23 Oct 2023||CLOSED|
|Neighbourhood Fund||Up to £5,000||20 Nov 2023||midday, 12 Jan 2024||CLOSED|
|Wessex Water Environment Fund||Up to £2,000||24 April 2023||midday, 22 May 2023||CLOSED|
|Dorset Welcome Fund||Up to £4,000||tbc||tbc||CLOSED|
|The Nature Heals Seed Fund||Up to £1,000||tbc||tbc||CLOSED|
|The Toby’s of Shaftesbury Fund||Up to £2,000||tbc||tbc||CLOSED|