Dorset Council invests over £100,000 in community and culture projects

The second round of Dorset Council’s community and culture project awarded £66,094 to 18 local arts and sports organisations in March 2022. The funding will support a number of organisations to deliver a range of exciting and inclusive arts, sports and museum projects to benefit people of all abilities across Dorset.

The new fund was launched in April 2021, offering funding for arts, museums, heritage, community, physical and play activities to help make a difference to people living in Dorset’s communities. In the first round, £42,484 was awarded to 15 local organisations to support the delivery of activities and events for local people. It included a range of schemes, from performing arts and creative workshops, to sports lessons and activities.

The fund provided grants of up to 80% of total project costs to applicants that met the criteria. Grants of between £1,000 and 5,000 were awarded to schemes supporting the council in meeting its core priorities. Priority was given to events and activities which would benefit marginalised people.

Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Customer and Community Services, said:

“I’m delighted we’re able to provide these one-off grants to promote a wide range of cultural, heritage and physical activities for residents across the county.

“Priority has been given to projects supporting disadvantaged, marginalised or under-served groups in Dorset, and we have seen some fantastic projects get the funding they need to really make a difference to local people.”

Want to make a difference to people living in your community? The project fund will re-open for new applications on 29 April 2022.

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