Did you know LEADER can fund community buildings in Dorset?

LEADER provides grants to support rural economic growth and job creation, and there’s often an overlap between these aims and the work and activities of community organisations. Grants of up to 40% are available for capital costs that support new developments – and exceptionally, more where there is no direct benefit for the applying organisation.

Village Hall

Whitchurch Village hall received £30,000 of LEADER funding towards the cost of an extension. This allowed a rural village pre-school to operate from the hall, and improved facilities generally, attracting more users.

Other funds are available that are useful in themselves, but can also complement LEADER funding: for match funding and for short term loans to cover costs before claiming for LEADER. See links below for some examples.

See the Dorset LEADER website for more info, and get in touch to discuss your project idea


Other sources of funding:


Loans and other funding approaches