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Leisure Development Fund

The Leisure Development Fund gives financial support for groups to provide and develop projects that benefit the people of West Dorset.

Grants are available for projects costing £1,000 or more with awards normally based upon 20% of the estimated cost, up to a maximum of £5,000. There are three deadlines - 1 April, 1 August, 1 December. We aim to process all grant applications within 8 weeks of the closing date.

When assessing applications to the Fund, the council will take account of the priorities in its adopted Sports Strategy 2012-2017 (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window)and Arts and Museums Support Plan 2012-2017 (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window).

Which projects are eligible?

Typical projects that the scheme can support:

  • putting on an event, such as an arts festival
  • equipment for arts centres
  • improvements in museums
  • new buildings, such as sports changing rooms
  • expanding or improving sports facilities
  • floodlighting
  • play areas
  • improvements and repairs to village halls
  • equipment for village halls that will benefit multiple groups

View the awards made from the Leisure Development Fund in 2015-2016 (pdf, 114kb) (opens in a new window).

Who can apply?

In order for your organisation to be eligible you must:

  • be a voluntary or not-for-profit organisation with a constitution and bank account, a registered charity a town or parish council or school (for community use)
  • have facilities or events which are available to non-members on reasonable terms
  • operate a satisfactory pricing policy and promote access for members and non-members
  • not have sufficient funds in reserve to undertake the project without district council financial assistance
  • have reasonable security of tenure for at least 20 years if the project relates to premises
  • demonstrate that the project is seeking to attract new participants/members or to develop new audiences
  • demonstrate that the project serves the population of West Dorset and/or people on holiday in West Dorset
  • be a village hall management committee to submit an application for funding towards a village hall

What is not funded:

  • individuals
  • personal sports equipment
  • the purchase of land for future development unless it follows immediately
  • running costs, consumable items, redecorating costs, and general maintenance
  • projects without clearly defined beginning or end dates
  • projects with a cost of less than £1,000
  • activities that are part of the curricular activity in schools
  • loan repayments or road vehicles
  • play equipment or community halls in any of the 6 West Dorset towns
  • heritage projects that are not related to an Accredited museum
  • sports or play area projects that have been awarded a grant within the last two years
  • projects that have already started or where expenditure has already been committed

How to apply:

Please complete one of the following application forms and send it to the Head of Leisure and Commissioning at West Dorset District Council.

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