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Bridport Area Car Boot Fund

The Bridport Area Car Boot Fund is now open for applications.

The income from the West Bay car boot sale is used by West Dorset District Council to provide funding for community projects in the Bridport area.

Are you eligible?

Groups and projects are only eligible if they are based in, and benefit the communities in the following parishes:

  • Allington
  • Askerswell
  • Bettiscombe
  • Bothenhampton
  • Bradpole
  • Bridport
  • Burton Bradstock
  • Catherston Leweston
  • Charmouth
  • Chideock
  • Chilcombe
  • Loders
  • Marshwood
  • Netherbury
  • North Poorton
  • Pilsdon
  • Powerstock
  • Puncknowle
  • Shipton Gorge
  • Stanton St Gabriel
  • Stoke Abbott
  • Swyre
  • Symondsbury
  • Whitchurch Canonicorum
  • Wootton Fitzpaine


To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • Undertake that the monies will be used to benefit projects operating within or supporting residents living within the eligible parishes (see the above box)
  • Be a voluntary, non-profit-making group or charity operated with no undue restriction on membership
  • Demonstrate good management, be constituted, have written policies, hold regular management committee meetings and be able to provide up to date accounts
  • Have an appropriate safeguarding policy - if you are working with children and young people or vulnerable adults
  • Demonstrate a need for their project that will result in a community benefit
  • Be based in the Bridport area

Car boot fund guidance and application (word doc) (word, 797kb) (opens in a new window)

Car boot fund guidance and application (PDF) (pdf, 208kb) (opens in a new window)

Apply online

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for a grant of between £50 and £3,000.  The average size of grant is £350.

What can the grant fund?

Examples of what we can fund:

  • Running costs not exceeding £500
  • Costs associated with out-of-pocket expenses for volunteers i.e. travel/food
  • Capital expenditure such as equipment, improvements to buildings
  • Contribution to setting up a new community activity or event
  • Regular annual events - can apply but may not be a priority

What can't we fund?

  • Ongoing staff costs (including salaries of permanent or fixed term staff)
  • Any expenditure for an item or service that has already been ordered or paid for
  • Anything that has already been funded by a different source
  • Items or services that only benefit an individual
  • Loan repayments, topping up of accounts or transferring money to another group
  • Projects that take place during the day in main stream schools
  • Fundraising activities for your organisation or others
  • Used vehicles/routine repairs and maintenance
  • Parish and town councils

For further information on this grant scheme and for general funding advice please contact the Community Planning and Development Team. 

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2017.

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