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Bridport Area Car Boot Fund

The Bridport Area Car Boot Fund is now open for applications and will close on Monday 30 April 2018.

Bridport Car Boot Sale to be temporarily closed

From 25 March 2018 for approximately 13 weeks, the Sunday car boot sale at West Bay road will not go ahead whilst resurfacing work takes place. This is due to health and safety risks. Although the contractors will work on the car parks one at a time, they may need to store equipment and/ or debris on the other car parks in certain areas. These will be clearly marked.


The income from the weekly 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?

Applicants must:

  • 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
  • Undertake that the monies will be used to benefit projects operating within or supporting residents living within 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

Bridport Local Area Partnership Map

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for a grant of between £100 and £3,000. 

What can the grant fund?

Examples of what we can fund:

  • running costs e.g. office costs, insurance
  • costs associated with out-of-pocket expenses for volunteers i.e. travel
  • 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 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
  • activities or services that schools have a statutory responsibility to provide e.g. curriculum based activities or any activity taking place during curriculum time. Projects submitted by PTAs/Friends of Schools must take place before or after school, during lunchtime or in the holidays
  • 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 community development advice and support please contact the Community Planning and Development Team (West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland)

Apply for funding

Guidance for applying to Bridport area car boot fund (pdf, 234kb) (opens in a new window)

Apply online

Apply for funding using a Word document form (word, 808kb) (opens in a new window)

Apply for funding using a PDF form (pdf, 189kb) (opens in a new window)

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2018.

Last year's successful applicants

Car boot sale funding group photo

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