New funding initiative for small businesses

Supporting the local economy is a high priority for the District Council and this fund will support real economic growth at a local level.

Grants of up to £5,000 can be considered, and the fund can support capital and revenue funding.  It can also consider feasibility work for projects that may then apply for larger funding, e.g. through the anticipated LEADER programme. 

The Fund is open to: small and start- up businesses; social enterprises and co-operatives; voluntary and community groups as well as charities.

There is a simple application process, reducing red tape and time. This approach helps new projects to get off the ground quickly and achieve results faster.


further information and application forms are available on North Dorset District council’s website at or by contacting Susan Sullivan, Economic Development Officer at North Dorset District Council on 01258 454005 or