Dorset Council offering grants to cultural, community and sports groups

CULTURAL, sporting and community organisations can now apply for grants from Dorset Council’s Leisure Development Fund. 

The council awards small grants to voluntary, not-for-profit organisations which help improve the lives of local residents, as well as town and parish councils.

This is to support the development of the arts, museums and heritage, outdoor play, village halls and sports, for the direct benefit of people living or working in Dorset.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available and applications can be made for up to 20% of a project’s cost, and the money can be used for one-off or capital projects.

Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said: “I’m proud that Dorset Council will be supporting efforts to enrich the lives of people who live and work in Dorset through this funding.

“Previously we have awarded funds to a diverse range of organisations and projects, including activities for young people with disabilities, radio equipment, art and theatre projects, updating sport club facilities and even a pop-up museum.

“I would like to encourage community groups to apply for funds by visiting the website and speaking with their local ward councillor about their ideas. I’m looking forward to hearing about all the wonderful things that residents are planning and how we might be able to help.”

More details are available at the Dorset Council website or you can contact Dorset Council’s Leisure Department by email or by calling 01305 252250.

The closing date for applications is December 31 2020. Decision letters will be sent to all applicants in February 2021.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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