Living in Dorset

Dorset Council provides community services based on the principles of quality, equity, value and responsiveness.

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Dorset has a unique blend of wilderness, wildlife, stunning scenery, mining heritage, secluded beaches and world class golf courses.

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Dorset Council is focused on providing support to potential investors to facilitate sustainable developments large and small.

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Grants/Scholarship Opportunities

Dorset Council offers grants and education scholarships to the community through the Community Grants Program and the Barry Jarvis Education Scholarships.

2024 Barry Jarvis Education Scholarships

Dorset Council provides eight scholarships annually for local community members to further their education. These have been named in honour of the late Mayor Barry Jarvis, who was a strong advocate of education in Dorset.

2024 Scholarship Recipients

L-R: A'jana Smith, Jordan Harris, Adara Hall, Isaac Watts, Halle Walters, Abby Singline, Rachael Watson, Ben Cresswell and Callum Lancaster pictured with Dorset Commissioner Andrew Wardlaw

Absent: Warrick Hall, Rowan Johnson, Nicholas Cresswell

2024 Barry Jarvis Scholarship Recipients

Barry Jarvis Scottsdale High School Scholarships

These scholarships are intended to assist local students to continue their studies in Year 11 or 12 at Scottsdale High School. It is hoped providing additional financial support will help local students reach their full potential here in Dorset.

In 2024, the successful recipients received $500 each towards their education expenses. Five scholarships were awarded to the following recipients: Rachael Watson, Abby Singline, A'jana Smith, Jordan Harris and Adara Hall (pictured below).

Barry Jarvis Apprenticeship/Traineeship Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to assist a local community member interested in undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship by providing additional financial support during such training.

In 2024, Isaac Watts was the successful recipient. Isaac completed Year 10 at Scottsdale High School in 2023 whilst doing a school based apprenticeship, working 2 days a week and then continuing his schooling for the other 3 days. Isaac is currently undertaking his apprenticeship in Electro technology as an Electrician with Joe’s Electrical in Bridport. Isaac is very committed to his apprenticeship and makes the most of every opportunity that comes his way. To be able to achieve the great Year 10 school results and awards that he received while working 2 days a week are testament to his dedication. Isaac is pleased to be able to continue to live and work in his local area. Isaac will receive $1,000 in financial support.

Isaac Watts App Train 2024

Barry Jarvis University Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to assist a local student with expenses associated with studying at (any) university, providing ongoing financial assistance for 3 years of their chosen course.

In 2024, Halle Walters was the successful recipient. Halle is undertaking a Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. After Halle completes her initial 3 years, she is planning on completing her masters which will be an additional 2 years of study. Halle is a hardworking and determined young lady, who has always strived to succeed with her study which has contributed to the amazing results she has obtained through her high school and college education. Halle is very involved in the Dorset community and demonstrates strong leadership qualities through her involvement with local sporting clubs. After graduating, Halle plans to continue living in Dorset and run her own business. Halle will receive $3,000 per year for 3 years to assist with her educational expenses.

Halle Walters Uni Scholarship 2024

Barry Jarvis Scholarship

Due to the high standard of applications received, and no applications received for the Agribusiness Scholarship, the Commissioner decided to disperse these allocated funds amongst five of the apprenticeship scholarship applicants. Ben Cresswell, Callum Lancaster, Warrick Hall, Rowan Johnson and Nicholas Cresswell will all received a one-off payment of $500.

Ben Creswell – Ben is undertaking an apprenticeship in Fitting and Machining at Branxholm Fabrications.

Callum Lancaster – Callum is an apprentice Boilermaker at Branxholm Fabrications.

Ben and Callum Combined

The following recipients were unable to attend the presentation due to work commitments:

Warrick Hall - Warrick is undertaking an apprenticeship in Carpentry with local builder Jason Gillespie.

Rowan Johnson - Rowan is currently undertaking his apprenticeship in Mechanical Aeroskills with Tasmanian Air Maintenance - Flinders Island Aviation.

Nicholas Cresswell - Nicholas is undertaking an apprenticeship in Carpentry with local builder Jason Gillespie.

Dorset Council Community Grants Program | CLOSED

Dorset Council offers three grants to community groups under the Community Grants Program. Depending on the type of project and the funds required, community groups can apply for one of three grants from a total pool of $55,000.

Dorset Council Small Grant Stream (up to $2,000*):

The purpose of these grants is to contribute to community life in Dorset. Community groups and organisations are encouraged to apply for financial assistance towards programs, projects or events that improve the well-being of people living in Dorset.

This grant stream has been fully expended for the 2023/24 financial year.

Dorset Council Community Matching Funds Grant Stream (up to $15,000*, and with matching contribution):

The purpose of these grants is to provide community groups and organisations with additional resources for community-driven projects that enhance and strengthen the Dorset community - note, funds must be matched (with a matching dollar value of cash and/or in-kind contribution from the requesting group or organisation). All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members, in partnership with Dorset Council.

Dorset Councillors Discretionary Grant Stream (up to $15,000):

The purpose of these grants is to provide community organisations with funding for projects that are on land owned or managed by Dorset Council. Prior to applying for a Discretionary Grant, please ensure that you have consent from Council for approval of your project.

* Applications must be submitted in accordance with the Critical Dates listed in their relevant Guidelines. Make sure to review these guidelines prior to submitting a grant application.

** Community groups wanting to apply for ANY funding stream must first contact Elizabeth Hadley to discuss project eligibility and feasibility. Elizabeth can be contacted on 03 6352 6569 or via email

The following is a sample Grant Evaluation Form, which successful applicants have to complete within two months of spending their grant funds. We recommend reviewing this document prior to submitting a Grant Application.

Community Grant Evaluation Form

SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE GRANT ALERTS: To receive regular information on a range of grants available to community organisations, subscribe to the grant alert email service by emailing

External Grants and Funding Opportunities:

Check the links below for external grants and funding opportunities that may be relevant to your business, organisation or group.

Grant Alerts


Business Grants