Desired outcomes for this grant

We want to support existing organisations and groups that make a positive impact or difference to people in our communities.

We will expect your organisation or activity to contribute to at least one of the following outcomes:

  • re-starting activity within organisations after prolonged closure
  • promoting equality and social inclusion through events held at your venue
  • improving the health and wellbeing of communities and people particularly vulnerable people                                                                           
  • improving lives of those experiencing rural isolation or deprivation
  • overcoming digital exclusion in isolated communities or targeted groups and using digital technology to engage more communities
  • helping people to feel more connected to the place they live

Who can apply?

Organisations that operate within the Dorset Council area for the benefit of our community.

You can apply if your group or organisation are one of the following:

  • constituted organisations
  • Parish Councils in Dorset supporting village halls
  • non-profit making organisations operated with no undue restriction on membership e.g. charities
  • charitable incorporated organisations (CIO)
  • Community Interest Companies (CIC), We will only grant CIC’s with a minimum of 3 directors, who must be unrelated. We need to see a clear ‘Asset Lock’ Statement and Memorandums and Articles of Association
  • Company Ltd by Guarantee (not for profit)
  • community organisations
  • places of worship provided the activity to be granted does not promote religious beliefs or particular faiths and can demonstrate non-religious cultural, sporting or social impact activities

Eligibility for this grant

  • organisations with an annual income over £100,000 are not eligible for this grant unless their project has a grass roots and local focus with distinct benefits for Dorset communities. Email us about your project
  • organisations must be able to demonstrate financial need for the project

Village Hall grant

What we might fund includes:

  • changing and adapting your venue to enable community activity to restart (e.g. essential repairs or small adaptations upon reopening, additional cleaning etc) 
  • contribution to core costs such as insurance and utility bills (e.g. heating, light)
  • helping to subsidise community venues in the short term to enable them to return to hosting activity or to encourage new hirers.
  • digital inclusion/connectivity – improved broadband to offer digital services/set up digital hub
  • promotion/marketing costs (up to a maximum £500)
  • subsidise community lunch clubs to encourage them to return
  • reimburse income from hosting a foodbank whilst still incurring costs during the pandemic (e.g. heating and light)

Community Recovery Micro Grant

We might support your group or organisation to:

Maintain or start delivering existing local services or community activities again after the pandemic which bring people together.

This could include programme costs, for example:

  • lunch clubs
  • community cooking courses
  • social clubs
  • community exercise classes 

Core costs - for example:

  • utilities (e.g. heating, lighting, broadband costs)
  • insurance
  • some workforce and/or volunteer costs
  • venue hire costs.
  • promotion and marketing costs (up to £500)

 What we will not fund:

  • capital applications for ongoing repairs, routine maintenance and refurbishments to buildings, community centres, sports halls or village halls including car parks, play areas, MUGAS (Multi Use Games Areas), pitches and landscaping
  • loan repayments or road vehicles costs
  • regular staff salaries
  • applications from schools/colleges/nurseries/universities
  • town Council’s cannot directly apply as an organisation or as a Lead Partner of organisations
  • feasibility studies, research projects
  • purchase of land for future development
  • projects outside the Dorset Council area i.e. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and other surrounding areas
  • individuals or personal equipment
  • commercial organisations
  • external bursary schemes or grants programmes administered by the applicant
  • Speed Indicator Devices (SIDS)
  • projects for 1:1 mentoring or tutorial of individuals
  • projects for services that are already commissioned by Dorset Council which have been awarded to other organisations/agencies
  • hospitals and hospices
  • promotion of religious or political beliefs
  • projects which in our opinion could harm the reputation of Dorset Council
  • museums, Cultural or Arts venues
  • laptops

The application form

Your application will need to demonstrate:

  • how you meet our ‘Strong and Healthy Communities’ council priority
  • the need for financial support for your activity or organisation
  • that your organisation is democratically managed, has a constitution, a bank statement and one year of accounts (which must be not less than 12 months old)
  • you have a current safeguarding policy (if applicable)

Terms and conditions:

  • applicants will be asked to sign a standard grant agreement with full details of their grants award including terms and conditions. grants will be awarded on return of your grant acceptance form and must be spent within six months of receipt
  • if any changes are made to the project you must consult with Dorset Council, failure to do so may result in part or all of the grant awarded having to be returned
  • for projects being delivered by a consortia or partnership, it is the lead partner who is responsible for overseeing delivery and monitoring of the project
  • applicants will be required to submit an end of project report
  • applicants requesting small amounts of capital granting towards equipment costs must provide Dorset Council with a copy of the quote/invoice
  • Dorset Council will not accept/consider any applications received after the closing date
  • decisions made by Dorset Council’s Grants Panel are final. There is no appeals process.
  • we reserve the right to make changes to the guidance and/or programme after its launch. We will communicate any changes as quickly as we can

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