The Community and Culture Project Fund is the project and event fund for arts, museums, heritage, community, physical activity and play activities.

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Community grants

Round 5 of community projects awarded a grant

Organisation Project Grant Area of benefit
In Jolly Good Company Jolly Dance & Yoga sessions £2,000 East Dorset
Purbeck Gateway Club Improving social activities & event £1,600 East Dorset; Purbeck and Weymouth
Countryman UK Creative Countryman Project £3,600 North and West Dorset
Blandford Foodbank Nourish Community Larder Project £2,500 East Dorset

Weymouth Foodbank

Support for foodbank food costs £5,000 Weymouth and Portland
Castleman Community Larder Support for Cost of living £1,500

East Dorset

Prout Bridge Project

Mental Health Drop in Café

£3,088 West Dorset
Dorchester Disabled Club Discover and Connect Project £1,600 West Dorset

Home Bridport

Food Security for All Project £5,000 West Dorset

Storehouse (Fathers Church)

Open Fridge & Community Café Project £1,500 North Dorset
People Need Nature

Green Social Prescribing Project to improve Wellbeing

£1,000 West Dorset

Dorchester Transport Action Group

Streets Alive Project £3,000 West Dorset

South -West Multi-cultural Network

Support for One World Event £3,000 West Dorset
Waterside Weymouth Community Forum Christmas for the Park District Project £4,000 Weymouth and Portland
Dorset Climate Action Network Support for Climate Event £1,500

West Dorset

Ripple Workshop Beaminster Young Parents Project


West Dorset

Ferndown Community Support CIC

Healthy Eating Project offering healthy eating courses to Foodbank users

£3,000 East Dorset

David Ellis Foundation

Veterans' Health and Resilience Heroes Project £2,632 Weymouth

Round 4 of community projects awarded a grant 

Organisation Project Grant Area of benefit
Fontmell Magna Fontmell Community Support £2,400 North Dorset
Gillingham Community Church Warm Spaces Project £2,000 North Dorset
Parish St Nicholas & St Huberts Warm Spaces Project £5,000 East Dorset
Prama Life Warm & Safe Spaces Project £4,000 East Dorset
Shaftesbury and District Carers Association Warm Spaces Project £4,000 North Dorset

St. Leonards and St Ives Parish Council

Warm Spaces Project £2,000 East Dorset
St. Pauls Mission Church and school Rooms Warm Spaces Project £3,500 Weymouth and Portland
The Bus Shelter Dorset Cost of Living Project £3,800 Weymouth
The Friendly Food Club Access 2 Cook Project £5,000 Council - wide

Stonehouse Church Dorchester

Community Warm Space £1,500 West Dorset

Weymouth Foodbank

Fresh Food Project £4,000 Weymouth

Wimborne Foodbank

Funding For Extra Food Costs £1,500 East Dorset

In Jolly Good Company

Continuation of Community Lunches £1,500 East Dorset
Sixpenny Handley & Pentridge Parish Council Warm Spaces Project £1,200 North Dorset
St Mary The Virgin Church Warm Spaces Project £1,000 West Dorset
Corfe Community Kitchen

Soup and Pudding Lunch Club

£1,000 Purbeck
The Lantern Trust Cost of Living Relief Fund £3,200 Weymouth
Cary Hut Charitable Trust Coffee Mornings £1,120 Purbeck
Mosaic Supporting Bereaved Children Project £4,050 Council - wide

Refresh (Churches Against Poverty)

CAP Life Skills Project £2,800 Weymouth and Portland
Bridport Town Council Cost of Living Crisis Support £4,700 West Dorset
Waverley Community Hub Support of Low-Income Families £1,500 Weymouth
The Nest Westham Support of people on low incomes £1,000 Weymouth and Portland

Winfrith Newburgh

Warm Places Project £1,000 West Dorset

Stourpaine Village Hall

Community Warm Hub £800 North Dorset
Prime Time Kids Club Cost of Living Support for Childcare Places £1,000 Purbeck

Round 3 of community projects awarded a grant (Aug 2022)

Organisation Project Grant Area of benefit

Dorchester Community Plays Association

‘Spinning the Moon’ Community Theatre project. £1,000 West Dorset

Purbeck Gateway Club

Fun events and activities for adults with learning difficulties

£1,500 Wareham & Purbeck

People First Dorset

Toolbox project to build resilience and independence during difficult times

£4,857 All Dorset

The Nest Weymouth

Expansion of Nest Café for the benefit of Westham community £4,800 Weymouth & Portland

Acts Fast

‘Brighter Future’ project to provide therapeutic and emotional support to parents and carers of children that have been abused £5,000 All Dorset

Win on Waste

Medicines Blister Pack project to improve recycling of waste and reduce landfill. £2,000 East Dorset

Ferndown Community Support CIC

Community Food project to provide easy and nutritional meals and cookery classes £5,000 East Dorset

Dorchester Disabled Club

‘Discovery and Connect’ project offering creative and practical pursuits for people with a wide range of disabilities £1,400 West Dorset

Bridport Town Council

‘Energy Champions’ Roadshow to promote warmer and more energy efficient homes. £1,600 West Dorset

Wimborne District Community Association

Improvement of Community kitchen to help improve training opportunities at the centre £5,000 East Dorset

Pathways To Care

Support Café to help people with the cost-of-living crisis and fuel deprivation

£3,350 West Dorset

Round 2 of community projects awarded a grant

Round 2 of Community projects awarded a grant (Nov 2021)
Organisation Project Grant % of project costs
Association of Dorset Watches 40th Anniversary and networking event £4,000 82%
Corfe Mullen Allotment Association Improvements to allotments, new starter plots, and disabled access £2,382 70%
Allington Hill and Coopers Wood Field Community Group Outdoor activities for all event £2,500 80%
St Johns CE Primary school PTA All at sea wellness event £3,000 46%
Bridport Community Shed Running costs to continue and expand project £4,950 64%
South West Dorset Multicultural Network Support to run inclusion events and improve understanding between cultures £2,850 58%
Youth Resource Service (The Rendezvous Sherborne) Young Parents project in Sherborne £4,770 79%
The Borough Harmony Centre Physical activity programmes for improving wellbeing and mental health  £3,000 80%
In Jolly Good Company Dementia friendly activity sessions in east Dorset area £5,000 67%
Friendly Food club Waste Not Want Not food programme for people on low incomes £4,300 81%
Blandford Foodbank Support of Community Grocery project £5,000 17%
Friends of Stour Connect Lunch club service for older residents experiencing isolation and loneliness £5,000 42%
Dorchester Youth & Community Centre Healthy eating project for young people £3,000 16%
The Blackmore Vale Charity (Pantry) Funding to support food insecurity for families £5,000 4.5%
The Nest Weymouth Support to set up a new community shop (social supermarket) in Littlemoor £5,000 16%

Round 1 of community projects awarded a grant

Round 1 of Community projects awarded a grant (June 2021)
Organisation Project Grant % of project costs
Chesil Sail Ability Life jackets for sailor’s and their carers £1,000 100%
Cycling Without Age New trishaw for Bridport and West Bay £5,000 100%
Dorchester Family Support Summer food programme to provide food parcels to vulnerable children and families £1,500 100%
Dorset Parent Carer Council Teenager to adult online event for young people aged 9 to 25  £5,000 41%
In Jolly Good Company  Funding of staff member and admin costs to reopen after C-19  £4,000 100%
Island Community Action  Community Shed project   £2,160 100%
MYTIME Young Carers  Memory Making Retreat for young people / carers   £5,000 100%
Stour Provost Village Hall  Installation of super-fast broadband, Wi-Fi, and new audio system for visually impaired / hard of hearing  £2,524 100%
The Nest Weymouth  Setting up of new café, volunteer training, rent and C-19 measures  £5,000 100%
The Vale Pantry Support with setting up pantry.   £1,500 30%

Cultural grants

Round 4 of cultural projects awarded a grant

Activate Performing Arts Inside Out Festival Event Wild Woodbury - Bere Regis Sept 2023 £4,700.00 Purbeck
Artsreach High quality creative activities for children in rural Dorset during summer holidays £3,000.00 County wide
Bank of Dreams and Nightmares Newspaper project free creative writing after school club £1,750.00 West
Blandford Fashion Museum Reminiscence Boxes and visits into Dorset based care homes £1,500.00 North
Bridport Youth & Community Centre Trust 2-day free Drawing Festival for families and adult £1,800.00 West
B- side Provide a creative hub for local people addressing loneliness on Portland £3,870.00 Weymouth and Portland
Active8 Dorchester Town Council Anonymous Youth Festival- a family music event run by young £1,300.00 West
Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Meeting Elisabeth Frink - a community engagement project at Dorset Museum £2,500.00 West
Dorset Community Action A pilot project in rural villages offering creative activities and energy advice. (withdrawn) £2,500.00 West/North
Emerald Ant CIC Glow Badbury Project - an artistic celebration at Badbury Rings hill fort £4,000.00 East
Landance CIC LIGHT - a contemporary dance project and workshops in Swanage £3,600.00 Purbeck
Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy Taster days for students introducing boat building skills and industry £1,000.00 West
Lyme Regis Development Trust Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2023 (withdrawn) £2,500.00 West
Nothe Fort Co-designing with young people to create a programme of events £3,500.00 Weymouth and Portland
Opera Circus 3 days of Bridport youth events for UK's International Day of Democracy £2,500.00 West
Shaftesbury Abbey & Museum Preservation Trust Company Ltd Creating Shaftesbury Abbey's Digital Museum   £4,500.00 North
Shaftesbury Town Council Introduce a Park Run and Aquafit sessions at the Shaftesbury Lido £4,300.00 North
Sturminster Newton Literary Festival Marketing and Live streaming facilities for talks and events £1,000.00 North
Westham Community Group free weekly Park yoga and dance aerobics at Marsh Recreation Ground £1,600.00 Weymouth and Portland
Weymouth Skate Park Free Skateboard sessions to families facing financial difficulties. £3,000.00 Weymouth and Portland

Round 3 of cultural projects awarded a grant

Organisation Project Grant Area of benefit
The Keep Military Museum  To provide military history outreach boxes for loan to community groups and schools.    £2,400    West – Dorchester and surrounds 
Dorchester Arts   To research and develop the creation of a new community music project for summer 24 – Hussein and the Boy King celebrating the discovery of Tutankhamun.  £3,250    West – Dorchester and surrounds 
Teatro Vivo  To put on 6 community workshops and an immersive theatre performance with a difference! Fronted by punk Band the Maze to be held in a retail space in Weymouth.  £2,500  Weymouth 
Activate – REMIX  Activities for adults who are disabled aged 18 – 25 to help them develop artistic skills and social opportunities.   £1,500 

West & East 

Dorchester & Wimborne 
Bridport Arts Centre  To provide a 10-week accessible walking and creative writing wellbeing project and final showcase of an anthology by participants.   £1,500  West - Bridport 
Bridport Youth Dance  To create a new outdoor site-specific dance performance on Eggardon Hill and film.  £2,500  West -Bridport 
Cape Farewell  Science and arts project to raise awareness of river ecologies delivering at Dorchester Science Week and Cerne Giant Festival.  £3,000  West – Dorchester and Cerne 
Dorset Rural Music School  A local folk history and music project delivered in local schools including special needs schools and a community folk music walk.    £3,500  North - Blandford 
Dorset Youth Dance  Professional artist working with young people (co-producers) to deliver a series of creative workshops leading to a celebration event in June. £1,500  West - Dorchester 
Guggleton Farm Arts 

Purchase a new kiln to help expand  and deliver community workshops including one free ceramic lesson for every primary school aged child in Stalbridge schools and hire out the kiln to local potters and schools.  

£4,500  North - Stalbridge 
Houseworks  To deliver 36 flexible 'pop-up' 2 hours sessions of art experiences over one year in community settings in Dorset in four localities, for people experiencing isolation.  £3,000  Countywide 
Marine Theatre  To provide training and skills development in technical and event management to a diverse and disadvantaged youth community in an area of rural deprivation.   £2,500  West – Lyme Regis 
Weymouth Skate Park Association  For a Dorset based artist and signwriter to lead a graffiti project teaching young people how to graffiti in a safe and responsible way. Will include young people with special educational needs.   £2,000  Weymouth 
Angel Exit Theatre   Workshops and a new free immersive show and installation: ‘The Fairy Tale Forest’, at Thorngrove Garden Centre Gillingham in Dec 22. Will involve disabled participants, students and volunteers.    £4,500    North - Gillingham 
Cattistock Community Fund  To install outdoor gym equipment in their community area to provide an amenity for teenagers and possibly older people as well.   £3,500  West - Cattistock 
Bridport and West Sports Trust Ltd  To offer free general swimming (inc. Fun Sessions) to all children aged 0-15 visiting Bridport Leisure Centre at weekends and during the school holidays for a period of 12 months from Sep 22 £4,000  West - Bridport 
Streetlight  To support children who have been affected by lockdowns and financial pressures by opening the centre for more people to access by lowering the hourly cost.  £1,500  East - Wimborne 
EPIC Games Dorset  Support to develop and deliver EPIC Snipers a fun and immersive physical experience that caters to those who would never normally access sport through conventional means. Sessions for all ages in Portland.   £2,800  Portland 
Wessex FC  To help this new football club to purchase equipment, kits and coach qualifications.  £1,000  Weymouth 
Lyme Regis Gig Club  To assist with a pilot project to offer Boot Camp experiences based in the Jubilee Pavilion on Lyme sea front for young people (12-16yrs), a six hour programme including 30 minute introduction and warm up.   £1,500  West –Dorchester 
Andrew Simpson Sailing Academy  To fund 38 young people through the Discover Sailing programme at their Portland Centre. Discover Sailing sessions will enable young people, from all walks of life to access sailing. £2,000  Portland 
Radio Wimborne  The project will deliver advice, support, mentoring and experience for 12 young people (age 14+) and/or disadvantaged people that may have an interest in working in the radio/marketing sector.  £2,000  East - Wimborne 
Symene Football Club  To enable the club which provides for 17-18 year olds to purchase football equipment and kit for training and matchdays, mandatory training costs (safeguarding and welfare) and first aid equipment.   £1,000  West - Bridport 

Round 2 of cultural projects awarded a grant

Organisation Project Grant % of project costs
Artsreach Delivery of 24 children’s creative workshops in rural villages across Dorset  £3,500 38.46%
Arts Development Company The Raise the Roof project to organise an artist-led training programme to train community members in creative and practical skills £4,000  80%
Broadwindsor Group A creative project to bring together the community of Drimpton to welcome new residents of the CLT's development of 15 affordable homes for rent £1,600  80%
B-Sharp Mentoring and supporting 15 young musicians over 12 monthly sessions with musicians and other industry professionals £4,010  51.68%
Bank of Dreams and Nightmares Creative writing in two after school workshops to create 16 poetry pieces by disadvantaged children in the Bridport area each to be narrated and filmed for the 'From Page to Screen' film festival in Bridport   £2,000  72.73%
Bittersweet Harmony To deliver a series of community-led singing workshops and community choir summer concerts, purchase new speakers and mics £4,000 80%
Co Create CIC (Community Interest Companies) Consultation with deaf people in Dorset with artists to co-create creative options to bring their artwork to a wider audience. Addressing mental health and loneliness £4,934  63.35%
Dorchester Arts Elevate pilot/case study for dance for those with MS and their carers £3,713 33.73%
Emerald Ant 4-day creative residency at Yewstock Special School and day tour of the Iggy Experience to Beaucroft Special School in 2022 £4,150  14.54%
Gillingham Youth Club 2-week drama and performance project in the summer, accessible for young people in Gillingham and surrounds £2,875  80%
Home in Bridport Choral and film project to create a composition around the Bridport Citizen Charter with community groups £3,000  8.74%
Lyme Regis Development Trust To produce two animated films to capture the place and the community of Lyme Regis £5,000  78.02%
Outland Opera Co-production with local communities to produce site-specific operas in 2022 £1,500 1.21%
Purbeck Arts Week Festival Public street theatre/dance performances with Autin Dance Theatre and 4 days of workshops to 60 disadvantaged and 60 mainstream young people £4,100 71.30%
Portland To stage a mini-tour of the family friendly show ‘The Pippos’ £4,512 80%
Streetlight Project To set up a new group of Team Riders (skateboarding) for young people aged 6-18 £1,200  20%
Shire Hall Historic Court House Museum  A partner event with the British Museum bringing the Lampedusa Cross to Dorset. Commission a textile artist to work with Dorset communities to create a permanent wall hanging reflecting the themes of the exhibition with a series of World Kitchen, food, music, and art events to reflect the distinct cultures £5,000  35.71%
Weymouth Hockey Pitch To expand usage and improve user experiences at the facility. Install two team shelters, and to purchase pitch dividers and new football goals £5,000  58.96%
Weymouth Cougars Replacing old and unserviceable equipment. The purchase of materials essential for keeping the surface areas playable £2,000  20.62%

Round 1 of cultural projects awarded a grant

Organisation Project Grant % of project cost awarded

Priests House Museum

Interpretation of heritage through performing arts, film including research



Arts Development Company

Three co-producing pilot projects improving participation for disadvantaged 



Sturminster Newton Heritage Trust

Improving interpretation and accessibility for disabled




Performing arts for young adults with special needs



Bank of Dreams and Nightmares Training Ministry of Stories to facilitate creative writing for children £1,500  4.54%
Artsreach Children’s environmental based summer workshops £1,500  21.43 %
Windrose Environmental and arts rural community project £4,000  48.8 %
Dorchester Arts Dance training for artists and dance for MS sufferers £4,824  33.3 %
Friends of Stour Connect Start-up grass roots arts classes for older people £2,000  58.82%
Mowlem Theatre Cinema screening for dementia sufferers £1,600  80%
Wareham Harvest Folk Community-led 2-day Folk Festival £1,500  49.59%

Bridport Arts Centre

Youth Art Engagement £3,500  36%
Will Mackaness Trust Open water swimming lessons for children £2,500  72%
Andrew Simpson Centre Sailing for disadvantaged young people £3,000  60%
Swanage Cricket Club Equipment request £3,000  30%

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