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Awards of the Organisational Revenue Support Fund

We received many applications for the Organisational Revenue Support fund, which closed on 29 November 2020.

Dorset Council has maintained the level of funding available for cultural organisations across Dorset (just under £279,000) and application to the fund requests totalled £758,000. A grant budget of £100,000 has also been made available for social, voluntary and community sector organisations and a substantial number submitted applications totalling £482,000.

We are pleased to announce the following organisations have been awarded an annual revenue award from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2024, with agreed terms and conditions that must be met annually.


Cultural awards (Arts, Museums and Heritage)

Cultural Awards (Arts, Museums and Heritage)
OrganisationAmount awardedArea of Dorset
Activate Performing Arts £20,000 Countywide
Artsreach  £41,947 Countywide
Blandford Forum Museum £5,000 North
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra £20,000 Countywide
Bridport Arts Centre  £20,000 West
B Sharp £5,000 West
b-side  £5,000 Weymouth and Portland
Charmouth Heritage Centre  £5,000 West
Dorchester Arts £20,000 West
East Dorset Heritage Trust £5,000 East
Emerald Ant £10,000 Countywide
Lyme Regis Philpott Museum £20,000 West
Marine Theatre £10,000 West
Nothe Fort £20,000 Weymouth & Portland
Portland Museum £5,000 Weymouth & Portland
Shaftesbury Abbey and Museum £5,000 North
Sherborne ArtsLink £10,000 North
Sherborne Museum  £5,000 North
Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum £10,000 West 
Sturminster Newton Heritage Trust  £5,000 North
Tank Museum  £10,000 Purbeck
Walford Mill Education Trust £10,000 East
Weymouth Museum £5,000 Weymouth & Portland
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival £4,000 East

Social, voluntary and cultural sector community awards

Following extensive community consultation and consideration by cabinet members, Dorset Council agreed to maintain the level of funding available for community and cultural organisations for 2021 – 2022. Funding application procedures have been set up to allocate the funds available in the form of open grant application and tendering processes. The first of these funding rounds (Organisational Revenue Support Fund) was processed in December 2020 to allow organisations to budget for future council support from 2021 onwards.

The following funds for social, community and voluntary sector organisations were awarded in December 2020:

Organisations receiving funds for social, community and voluntary sector
OrganisationAmount awarded for year 1TermArea of Dorset that will benefit
Bridport Youth and Community Centre £6,000 1 year Bridport and villages 
Bus Shelter Dorset £5,000

2 years

Year 2 - £5,000

Weymouth, Portland and West Dorset
Dorset Search and Rescue £2,000

3 years

Years 2 and 3 -£2,000 each

Dorset Council area
Footprints £10,000

3 years

Year 2 - £8,000

Year 3 - £7,000

Dorset Council area
Friends of Stour Connect £8,000

3 years

Year 2 - £6,000

Year 3 - £4,000

Sturminster Newton and villages
Gillingham Youth Club £6,000 1 year Gillingham
Help and Kindness £10,000 1 year Dorset Council area
Kushti Bok £10,000

2 years

Year 2 - £10,000

Dorset Council area
Lyme Regis Development Trust (Youth) £6,000 1 year Lyme Regis and villages
People First Dorset £7,500

3 years

Year 2 - £5,000

Year 3 - £4,000

Dorset Council area

Prama Life

£5,000 1 year East Dorset
Purbeck Youth and Community Centre £6,000 1 year Purbeck, Wareham and villages
Rendezvous £8,000

3 years

Year 2 - £6,000

Year 3 - £5,000

The Nest Social supermarket £7,500 1 year Weymouth and Portland


£6,000 1 year Blandford
Weymouth Area Development Trust £5000

2 years

Year 2 - £5000

Weymouth and Portland
Wimborne and District Community Association £7,500 1 year Wimborne and East Dorset
Total £115,500 £174,500  

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