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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Grants/Scholarship Opportunities

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

Dorset Council Community Grants Program | ROUND 1 - NOW OPEN

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.  Applications must be submitted by close of business, Wednesday, 17 August 2022.

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.

Dorset Council Small Grants Guidelines  /  Application Form **  

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 Council Community Matching Funds Grant Guidelines  /  Application Form ** 

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.   

Dorset Councillors Discretionary Grants Guidelines  /  Application Form **   

* 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 make an appointment with Elizabeth Hadley to discuss project eligibility and feasibility. Please phone 03 6352 6500 to make an appointment. 

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

2022 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.

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 2022, the successful recipients received $500 each towards their education expenses.  5 scholarships were awarded to the following recipients: Liam Jensen-Cooley, Nikayla Smith, Ryan Burr, Emily Hanslow and Chloe Singline.

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 2022, Liam Saunders is the successful recipient.  Liam completed year 10 at Scottsdale High School last year and is now undertaking a carpentry apprenticeship with local Bridport builder Brett Williams. Liam is pleased to be able to continue to live and work in his local area.  Liam will receive $1,000 in financial support.

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 2022, Jordan Harper is the successful recipient.  Jordan is undertaking a bachelor of Primary Education at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. Once graduated, Jordan is wanting to return to Dorset and teach in one of our local Schools.  Jordan will receive $3,000 per year for 3 years to assist with his educational expenses.

Barry Jarvis Scholarship

As there were no applications received in 2022, the Barry Jarvis Education Scholarship panel of Councillors have decided to award these funds to a second university scholarship applicant. The successful applicant is Alysha Carins of Winnaleah who is studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography and Environment. Alysha has a strong passion for environmental sciences, marine biology and agriculture so it seemed only fitting that she be awarded with this scholarship.

2022 Barry Jarvis Education Scholarship Recipients

2022 Scholarship Recipients

L-R: Nikayla Smith, Chloe Singline, Emily Hanslow, Liam Jensen-Cooley, Mayor Greg Howard, Liam Saunders, Jordan Harper

Absent: Ryan Burr, Alysha Carins


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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