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Neighbourhood Fund

Supporting local charitable causes.

Neighbourhood Fund

The Neighbourhood Fund supports local charities and community groups whose work addresses local issues, social problems and disadvantage due to age, illness, disability, isolation, discrimination or financial hardship. We are looking to support services that assist those in need, effect positive change and bring tangible improvements to their quality of life.

Applications are invited from groups that are:

  • continuing to run services/activities that are delivering evidenced outcomes
  • replicating or expanding existing work in order to meet identified needs or increased demand
  • piloting a new area of work or testing new ways of working

Priority may be given to groups that:

  • involve service users in the design of services
  • invite feedback and collaboration from service users
  • are easy to access or have clear referral routes
  • encourage volunteering
  • reduce social stigma around particular issues
  • work collaboratively with other local groups in order to deliver cost effective services and to reach out to more people in need

The Neighbourhood Fund has two areas of particular interest, where applications will be prioritised:

1) Services that support older people to lead more active, healthy and independent lives.

Services should address one or more of the following issues:

  • Social isolation and loneliness
  • Declining mental and physical health (including dementia)
  • Poor access to services due to problems with transport
  • Older people who are carers

Services should deliver one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Increased ability to access social activities, events or everyday appointments/tasks
  • Reduction of isolation and loneliness
  • Improvements to physical health
  • Improvements to mental health and wellbeing
  • Older people who are carers have increased skills and confidence to care for loved ones

Examples of services/activities include but are not limited to: lunch clubs, befriending schemes, reminiscence or memory box projects, sports and health activities, social clubs including gardening, music and dance groups, community transport schemes, including home from hospital schemes.

2) Services that support those with mental health problems, including those with general indicators of poor mental health and those with diagnosed conditions. 

We will consider applications from those delivering services for adults and those delivering early interventions for children, young people and their families in order to address mental health problems when they first become apparent, to prevent the development of long term mental illness in adulthood.

Services should deliver one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Improvements to mental health and wellbeing, including improvements to diagnosed conditions where applicable
  • Improved resilience and ability to appropriately manage mental health problems
  • Improvements to relationships with family and friends
  • Improved personal aspirations or development of future goals
  • Reduction of unhealthy behaviours that may have developed as a result of mental health problems, including addictions, eating disorders or criminality

Examples of services/activities include but are not limited to: counselling services, support groups, art/music therapies, befriending, provision of supported work experience/volunteering opportunities.

Please read through the Grant-Making Policy before you apply. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. The services/activities funded must start within 2 months of the award.

Running costs are eligible for funding. We will fund reasonable capital costs (e.g. office equipment, sports equipment, tools etc) for your service/activity, however, an application for only capital items will be a low priority for funding.

How to Apply?

The Fund is currently closed for applications. 

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.

If you are unsure about any of the above criteria or have any other queries, please contact our Grants Manager Ellie Maguire on 01202 670815 or at grants@dorsetcf.org.

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