Deadline approaching for Dorset community fund applications

COMMUNITY projects including play areas, theatres, sports clubs and village halls could benefit from funding to build or improve facilities.

The latest round of the Capital Leverage Fund, managed by Dorset Council, is open and welcoming applications for projects which will provide new and improved facilities for communities and residents in the council area.

The grants can help with funding towards a diverse 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.

Applications for this round of funding need to be completed no later than September 1.

Not-for-profit voluntary and community sector organisations with an annual turnover of less than £1 million can apply, as well as accredited museums, arts organisations, community centres, village halls, town and parish councils, community sports clubs and youth centres.

The scheme is also welcoming applications for projects that help address climate change themes, new public art and heritage projects, including accredited museums.

Cllr Laura Beddow, portfolio holder for customer and community services at the council, said: “I’m delighted Dorset Council can offer this support to local community and voluntary organisations.

“We know that the previous rounds of grants have significantly boosted many community facilities and made a big difference to residents, helping to make Dorset a great place to live, work and visit.

“We hope to see many applications for these grants in the coming weeks.”

Groups can apply for a capital grant of between £1,000 and £25,000, to fund up to 20 percent of their total project costs.

Successful applicants will be required to secure the remaining 80 percent of costs before any grant is made available.

Projects need to meet at least one of the Dorset Council priorities and at least one of the Cultural Strategy priorities if you are applying as a cultural organisation.

Applications can only be accepted via an online application form and those not received on or before September 1 will be considered for January 2024, with a decision in February next year.

For more information about eligibility, funding criteria and how to apply, visit

Community and voluntary sector applicants can also email, while cultural applicants can contact for advice.

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