Funding body information

Dorset County Council

County Hall
Colliton Park
01305 221000

Point of contact:

Chris Scally, Joint Commissioning Manager, 01305 228624,
Community Planning (West Dorset & Weymouth), 01305 252305 / 252204 / 252358 / 252447,
Economy, Leisure & Tourism (West Dorset), 01305 252250,


The council's website has a 'Community Grants' page which provides details of funding available to the county.

Dorset County Council Fund

The aim of this fund is to strengthen local voluntary and community organisations, as well as parish and town councils. Grants of up to £7,500 are available. The fund supports new projects that are ready to proceed and with a distinct start and finish date, a budget, specific outcomes and identified needs.

Details of the next round of funding will be available on the Dorset Community Foundation website. More information is also available here.

West Dorset

West Dorset District Council contributes to a variety of community support funds. Please visit the council's website for further details.

Bridport Area Car Boot Fund

Income from the West Bay car boot sale is used by West Dorset Council to provide funding for community projects in the Bridport area. Grants of between £50 and £3,000 can be provided. The average size grant is usually around £350.

More information is available here.

Leisure Development Fund

The Leisure Development Fund provides financial support for groups to provide and develop projects that benefit the people of West Dorset. Grants are available for projects costing £1,000 or more with awards normally based upon 20% of the estimated costs, up to a maximum of £5,000.

Sport funding

West Dorset District Council's Sports Development Unit offers advice and support to developing sports organisations. It has three grant schemes to support sports projects and events:

  • Small Grants for Sports
  • Leisure Development Fund and Rate Relief.

Arts Funding

West Dorset District Council has an Arts and Museums Development Officer who offers advice and support on developing cultural projects and applying for funding. The council has two grant schemes to support arts projects, events and equipment costs:

  • Arts Development Small Grants Scheme
  • Leisure Development Fund

More information is available on the council's website.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Dorset County Council can provide funding advice and guidance as well as links to a range of specialist practitioners and services within the county council and other organisations. Further information is available here.

Useful organisations:

Dorset Community Action

The council website is easy to navigate, and has in depth and helpful information about all sorts of funding available to voluntary organisations in the area. These grant schemes appear well thought out and are accessible with wide-ranging criteria and priorities.

The information provided is concise and clearly explained the council's funding arrangements for voluntary and community sector groups. Relevant contact details, deadlines and grant limits were given for each scheme available. Further information is available with lots of external resources as well as named contacts.

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