DCF Bursary Scheme

This fund will support Dorset residents between the ages of 16-25 who are in vocational (job - related) courses only.

Bursaries of up to £1,000 are available.

DCF Bursary Scheme

This fund is now closed. It will reopen for applications in August 2022

The scheme is intended to:

  • Assist and support individuals and ensure they are able to attend further education
  • Assist those who are particularly disadvantaged and least likely to participate (care leavers or cared for young people; those who have caring responsibilities for other members of their family; live on a family income of less than £25,000; disabled young people and those with special educational needs)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be aged 16-25 (unless there are exceptional circumstances)
  • Attending a vocational course of any length, including access courses,  traineeships and supported internships
  • Applicants must attend one of the colleges listed below

Bursaries can only be used to support educational or training needs. Examples include the full cost or a contribution towards:

  • Travel costs
  • Cost of required equipment or clothing
  • Essential study trips
  • IT equipment
  • Meals at college

This list is not exhaustive and if you have an idea that fits within the scope of education or training, please discuss with a member of the grants team before making the application.


  • Bournemouth & Poole College
  • Kingston Maurward College
  • Brockenhurst College
  • Weymouth College
  • Yeovil College
  • Wiltshire College – Salisbury Campus

How to Apply:

Before making an application students should first approach their college for a bursary. If they then need additional support they may apply for a DCF bursary.

Please read through the DCF Bursary Scheme Criteria  before you apply.

In order for us to follow our decision-making process, the information given in your application will be shared with our independent panel members and/or donors as appropriate. Panel members are subject to a confidentiality agreement. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information on data sharing and storage.


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