Impact Reports

Thanks to our donors, our grants to grass roots groups and charities make a real difference in communities

As a Dorset-wide funder, we want to celebrate the positive impact our grants have made to the lives of those in need and how this addresses some of the challenges facing communities. Our Impact Reports describe the impact of our grants on the beneficiaries of funded activities as well as the impact on the groups themselves. We also report on the impact of programmes for individuals.

Impact Reports

How we report the impact of the grants we distribute

Impact reports detail the outcomes achieved by the groups we support, by the end of work funded by our grants. Outcomes are the positive changes that people experience in their lives as a result of the charitable work. We base the reports on information provided by the groups at the end of the grant period, which is usually 12 months after the funding is awarded, which is why the reports relate to grants awarded in the previous year.

Our annual Impact Report 

Our most recent Impact Report is for 2022-23, this is because we wait for all of the groups we have funded in a particular year to report the impact of grants made in that year before we publish the report.

In 2022-23:

  • We awarded £1,148,509.18
  • Benefitting 70,727 people all across Dorset
  • The average grant size was £3,489 to groups and £343 to individuals

Our 2022-23 Impact Report 

Our 2021-22 Impact Report

Our 2020-21 Impact Report

Our 2019-20 Impact Report


Other Impact Reports

Every year our grants are distributed via a number of different funding programmes, here are reports for some of those programmes.


ACE Lets Create Jubilee Fund

In 2022, funding from Arts Council England and corporate supporter Superior Seals has provided £112,000 for groups in Dorset to mark the Platinum Jubilee with arts events to create lasting memories and a creative legacy.

Ace Lets Create Jubileee Fund Impact Report – summer 2022


BCP Council Food and Energy Support Fund

BCP Council has partnered with Dorset Community Foundation to distribute funding from its Household Support Fund scheme to help people on low incomes stay warm and fed during winter.

Impact Report 2023/24

Impact Report – Winter 2022/23

Impact Report –  Summer 2022

Impact Report – Winter 2021/22


BCP Council Thriving Communities Fund

BCP Council has partnered with Dorset Community Foundation to distribute money awarded to the council through the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund as part of its Levelling Up agenda. Grants were used to support either social action and volunteering, or capital grants for community buildings.

Impact Report – 2023/24


Change For Good

A partnership of charities, including Dorset Community Foundation, businesses, and public sector organisations, formed the BCP Council Homelessness Action fund to help rough sleepers in Dorset find and keep a home.

Impact Report – grants awarded in 2023

Impact Report – grants awarded in 2022

Impact Report – grants awarded in 2020 and 21


Corton Hill Fund

The Corton Hill fund was established to support groups that benefit the North Dorset area including Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Sturminster, Sherborne, Blandford, Beaminster and Cerne Abbas.

Round Four Impact Report 2023/24

Round Three Impact Report – 2022/23

Round Two Impact Report – 2021/22


DCF Bursary Scheme

This fund supports Dorset residents aged of 16-25 on vocational courses, with bursaries of up to £1,000.

Dorset Bursary Impact Report 2022-2023

Dorset Bursary Impact Report 2021-2022


Designs for Humanity Fund

This fund was established by our Ambassador and internationally recognised artist Stuart Semple for families and individuals in need of support in our communities.

Impact Report – Supporting Families at Christmas 2023

Impact Report – Supporting Families at Christmas 2022

Impact Report – Supporting Families at Christmas 2021


Dorset Performing Arts Fund

The Dorset Performing Arts Fund supports artists, groups and projects in the creation and delivery of the performing arts in East Dorset, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck and Weymouth and Portland.

Dorset Performing Arts Fund Impact Report 2022/23

Dorset Performing Arts Fund Impact Report 2021/22


Dorset Welcome Fund

Supporting local community groups offering activities and services to welcome and support refugees of any nationality who are arriving, residing or settling in Dorset.

Round Three Impact Report – grants awarded Jan 2023

Round Two Impact Report – grants awarded Oct 2022

Round One Impact Report – grants awarded Sept 2022


Surviving Winter Appeal

Working with Citizens Advice to distribute grants of £200 to elderly and vulnerable people living in fuel poverty.

Impact Report 2022/23

Impact Report 2021/22

Impact Report 2020/21


Lord Lieutenant’s Fund For Young and Talented

This fund aims to ensure that every young person has the same opportunities to develop their sporting talent regardless of background, financial or personal circumstances.

Y & T Round 4 Impact Report


Our Coronavirus Impact Reports

The following reports chart our impact during the pandemic.

Phase 1 ‘Dorset in the Pandemic’ – impact of grants awarded Apr – July 2020 (and summary of awards in phases 2, 3 and 4)

Phase 2 – impact of grants awarded Aug – Sept 2020

Phase 3 and 4 – impact of grants awarded Nov 2020 – March 2021 (*including distribution of funds from BCP Council and Dorset Council)

Report for BCP Council – impact of grants awarded December 2020

Report for Dorset Council – impact of grants awarded December 2020 & January 2021


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