New grant launched for community projects in Dorset

ARE you looking to make a difference to people living in your community? Do you need some capital funding for your project?

Dorset Council has launched a new grant to support not for profit community and cultural organisations to deliver new and improved facilities for local communities.

The Capital Leverage Fund can help fund a range of projects, including village hall or community building enhancements, renovations, maintenance, or new build projects, including car parks, play areas, multi-use games areas, theatres, community sports clubs, sports pitches and landscaping.

The council would also welcome applications for projects that helps to address climate change themes, new public art, or heritage capital projects including accredited museums.

Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Customer and Community Services, said: “We hope to see many applications for these grants. There are grants available for up to £25,000.

“We know that this can significantly impact one-off or capital projects and we want to assist projects that can demonstrate how they support their local communities and making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit.”

You can apply for a capital grant of between £1,000 and £25,000, to fund up to 20 per cent of your total project costs. For more details on criteria, fund aims, and how to complete your application form, click here.

Projects need to meet at least one of the Dorset Council priorities and the Cultural Strategy priorities.

Applications can only be accepted via our online application form. You have almost a year to apply, with applications closing at 12noon on Friday, January 6 2023.

Applications will be considered three times a year.

If you’d like to talk to someone about your project, or need more information, email for community and voluntary sector applicants, including play, or  for cultural applicants (arts, accredited museums, heritage, sports and physical activity).

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