This round has now closed. 

About the fund

The Community and Culture Project Fund provides small grants to organisations who want to start new activities and events that benefit the local community.

The fund is for ‘not for profit’ community groups including:

  • museums
  • arts
  • heritage
  • physical activity
  • sport
  • play

We prioritise applications that supports residents and those groups that are marginalised, disadvantaged or hard to reach.

Find out more about Dorset communities from Dorset Insights.


To be eligible, you must:

How much funding you’ll get

The fund is a small project grant, funding up to 80% of total project costs.

Grants are from £1,000 to £5,000.

As we expect demand for funding to be very high, the amount you’re awarded might be less than you apply for.

Key dates

  • applications open at 9am on Monday 6 November 2023
  • applications close at midnight on Monday 8 January 2024
  • decisions from end of January 2024

How to apply

We recommend you read our step by step guide on how to apply for the community and culture project fund before applying.

Get help with your application

Help writing your application

The Arts Development Company can offer advice and support with your application if you:

  • are new to writing applications for cultural projects
  • have a good project idea but need help with developing it ready for funding

They also offer a bid writing service if you do not have the expertise within your organisation.


Phone: 01305 228528

Help to complete the online form

Call our Digital Dorset Hotline on 01305 221048 for help completing the online form.

They are available from 10am to 12 noon on weekdays (except bank holidays).  At other times, please leave a message and they will get back to you.

Help with governance or policies

If you need help with your governance, policies or how to make the case for your project, email Community Action Network (CAN) at or visit the CAN website for more details of their support and training for the sector.

After you apply

Our grants team will assess your application and make recommendations for the grant panel. They then decide whether your application will be awarded funding. 

Projects we’ve funded

We helped fund the In Jolly Good Company gardening group for people with dementia in Dorset, who help people find friendship and community.

The Magnificent Mills project highlights the positive impact cultural funding had in providing high quality art experiences for young people.

Contact us

Contact us if you'd like to discuss your project ideas before applying: