We will shortlist, review and make recommendations for funding via our grant panel(s).
There will be 2 rounds of grant assessments throughout the year. Assessment dates and final award decision dates are published on this page and in the grants guidance document. Where demand for grants is high, we reserve the right to change these dates.
There will be 2 grant panels. One panel will consider applications from the voluntary and community sector, whilst the second will focus on applications from the cultural sector.
Each Grant Panel will comprise of at least 3 specialist officers (one acts as the panel chair), the portfolio holder for communities and at least one representative who brings with them their expertise and knowledge of Dorset’s community and cultural sectors.
Applications will be screened by each member of their respective grants panel to ensure fairness.
Where a conflict of interest occurs, the relevant officer/representative will not take part in the assessment and the conflict of interest will be recorded.
An assessment summary of all eligible and shortlisted applications, with officer recommendations are put forward by our grants officer/manager, to be considered by each of the grant panels. The recommendation by the grants officer/manager is for guidance only.
Councillors will be able to comment and offer feedback on specific projects in their ward through a ‘councillor feedback ‘ form which is linked to the online application form.
The panel will assess each application against the fund criteria and use a scoring matrix to agree and prioritise awards. Decisions are made by a majority vote. Where there is no majority, our portfolio holder for communities will have the deciding vote. The panel decision is final.
If an applicant withdraws their application after the panel decision has been made, the chair, in consultation with the other panel members, can agree to award the grant to another applicant.
Any decision to amend the award if the project or organisation has changed, or new information comes to light that affects the application will be considered by the grants officer/manager and panel chair, in consultation with other panel members as appropriate.