Living in Dorset

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

Visiting Dorset

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

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  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After hrs 1300 858 824

Business community in Dorset

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

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  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After hrs 1300 858 824
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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.

2023 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.

2023 Scholarship Recipients

L-R: Adara Hall, Nikayla Smith, Dylan Hall, Rowan Johnson, Rachael Watson, Harrison Knight, Abbey Chorley, Mayor Greg Howard

Absent: Ashlee Lusted

2023 Barry Jarvis Education Scholarship Group Photo

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 2023, the successful recipients received $500 each towards their education expenses. Five scholarships were awarded to the following recipients: Rachael Watson, Nikayla Smith, Dylan Hall, Rowan Johnson and Adara Hall.

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 2023, Harrison Knight was the successful recipient. Harrison completed Year 11 at Scottsdale High School in 2022 whilst working part-time before and after school at VOX Tyres in Scottsdale. Harrison's hard work paid off and he was able to obtain an apprenticeship in tyre fitting 3 days a week with VOX Tyres, and continue at Scottsdale High School to complete Year 12 the other two days. Harrison is pleased to be able to continue to live and work in his local area. Harrison 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 2023, Abbey Chorley was the successful recipient. Abbey is undertaking a Bachelor of Architecture and Built Designs at the University of Tasmania - Launceston campus. Abbey 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. Abbey's achievements have now allowed her to pursue her dream career of becoming an architect and she has six years of study ahead of her to accomplish this. After graduating as a qualified architect, Abbey plans to continue living in Dorset, run her own architect business and bring her expertise to the Dorset municipality to help design dream homes for residents in our local towns. Abbey will receive $3,000 per year for 3 years to assist with her educational expenses.

Barry Jarvis Scholarship

Due to the high standard of applications received, and no applications received for the Agribusiness Scholarship, the Panel decided to award a second University Scholarship.

The Panel chose Ashlee Lusted as the successful recipient. Ashlee is studying a Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine, which will take her five years to complete at the University of Tasmania - Hobart campus. Ashlee is passionate about her local Dorset community and on obtaining her degree, she would like to return to the north east as a General Practitioner with a strong focus of rural mental health. Ashlee will receive $2,500 per year for 2 years to assist with her educational expenses.

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.

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

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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