Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund

The Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund supports local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of Dorset’s most vulnerable people during the Coronavirus epidemic.

Donations raised through the Foundation’s own Dorset Coronavirus Community Appeal, as well as funds from the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal are being distributed via this programme.

Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund

We are now in the second and final phase of this emergency funding programme. Groups should read the below summary AND the Full Fund Criteria carefully as there are changes to eligibility and priorities.

The overall aim of the Fund is to effectively and efficiently support local voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Phase 2 will see grant making transition from the initial immediate relief to a longer-term emergency phase, looking to support those who are suffering hardship as a result of the short and long term economic and social consequences caused by COVID-19.

Groups funded in phase 1 will NOT be given higher or lower priority. Priority will be given to groups who are reaching the most vulnerable or at greatest risk of negative social, health or economic impact as a result of COVID-19.

Grants to replace loss of income caused directly by Covid-19 can now be offered but only where services/activities are now being delivered and align with Fund priorities. In these cases, additional financial information may be requested following the application.


  • ONLY groups with annual expenditure less than £500,000 according to latest accounts, are eligible to apply.  (This is due to the amount available for distribution against anticipated high demand and is in line with our usual priorities to support small grassroots groups).
  • Local registered charities, Constituted Community Groups, CICs and Social Enterprises may apply to the Fund.
  • New and Emerging groups can apply to the Fund (for grants of up to £2,000 only) but need a referee organisation to endorse the group and to hold and manage the money on their behalf.


  • Individuals cannot apply.
  • National charities cannot apply.
  • Statutory bodies including Parish and Town councils cannot apply.
  • Schools cannot apply and PTA groups cannot be funded to support the delivery of education (including adapted/online delivery) or improvements to premises.
  • Grants for the provision of cash bursaries to individuals or families are not eligible.
  • Retrospective grants for expenditure already incurred are not eligible, unless the application is to replace loss of income caused directly by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Types of Grants Available

Groups can apply for EITHER

  • Fast track grants of up to £2,000 (must be spent within 3 months)

OR one of the following

  • Grants of up to £5,000 (supporting services/activities up to 31st March 2021)
  • Grants of up to £10,000 for partnership applications where two or more groups are delivering a joint service (supporting services/activities up to 31st March 2021)

Fast track grants will be considered on a rolling basis until funds set aside for this purpose have been used. We aim to assess complete applications within 2 weeks but where information or supporting documents are missing this may take longer.

Remaining applications will be considered at a panel meeting at the end of September.

Applying to the Fund

  • You MUST read the Full Fund Criteria (below) before applying to avoid disappointment.
  • If you have been funded by DCF since January 2018 (including phase 1 of this funding programme) you are NOT required to submit supporting documents with your application.
  • Please note that in the case of applications for activity in the Dorset Council area, the information in your application, excluding name and personal details of the main applicant, may be shared with Dorset Council staff members assessing applications to the Dorset Community Impact Fund, Round 5. This will assist both funders to make best possible use of funds available for Dorset groups.

For the Full Fund Criteria please CLICK HERE.

The fund is now CLOSED for applications.

Please note, for successful groups, extensions to the grant period beyond March 2021 CANNOT be offered and unspent funds will need to be returned to DCF.

If you have any queries please contact the Grants Manager, Ellie Maguire: / 07592 032666.

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