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Dorchester Market Car Boot Fund

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

The income from the weekly Dorchester Sunday Car Boot Sale is used by West Dorset District Council and Dorchester Town Council to provide funding for community projects in and around Dorchester.

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 a 6.67 miles radius of the market and within the West Dorset District Council boundary.


Dorchester car boot fund 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.

Apply for funding

Guidance for applying to Dorchester Market Car Boot Fund (pdf, 242kb) (opens in a new window)

Apply online

Apply for funding using a Word document form (word, 564kb) (opens in a new window)

Apply for funding using a pdf form (PDF, 214kb) (opens in a new window)

2017's successful applicants

Dorchester car boot fund successful applicants 2017

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