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Dorset Community Impact Fund

Community funding - Round 4 is now open

The Dorset Community Impact fund (round 4) aims to support community organisations and charities, with a turnover of less than £500,000, to deliver services that improve the lives and well-being of people in the Dorset Council area. Projects supported will target those whose needs are greatest and support the council’s ambition of reducing demand for its services through connecting people to the right help, support and early intervention to improve resident’s lives.

The fund invites local community groups to apply for grants of up to £6,000. Dorset Council also welcomes applications for smaller amounts (up to £1,000), via the Micro grants pot, as the council wants the fund to be able to reach all parts of Dorset’s communities.

The Community Impact fund is making a total of £75,000 available in round 4, which opens for applications on Monday 9 September 2019. Those applying must demonstrate how their project would help achieve the council’s priorities for improving the lives of local people.

Application dates
Opens for Main Grant and Micro Grant applications  Monday 9 September 2019 
Application deadline (closing date) Midnight Sunday 10 November 2019
Micro Grant (reopens)  Monday 2 December 2019
Micro Grant (closes) Midnight Sunday 9 February 2020
Funding Assessment Panel – Main Grant only  Monday 6 January 2020
Main Grant Decision  Monday 13 January 2020
Micro Fund Decisions  November 2019 and February 2020

How to apply 

Please ensure you have fully read the Dorset Community Impact Fund Round 4 Guidance prior to completing this application form. Further information may be required if you are successful.

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External funding and grants manager

Name: Laura Cornette
Tel: 01305 224306
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