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

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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 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.  Applications must be submitted by close of business, Tuesday, 17 August 2021.

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 by Dorset Council. Applications for one of these grants may be submitted at any time, using the appropriate application form. (Discretionary grant funds become available from 1 July each year, and remain available during the financial year until that year's discretionary grant pool has been fully allocated).   

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 

2021 Barry Jarvis Education Scholarships

Dorset Council provides 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 2021, the successful recipients received $500 each towards their education expenses.  8 scholarships were awarded to the following recipients: Nathan Reid-Denman, Emily Bowerman, Emily Hanslow, Ryan Burr, Chloe Singline, Isabella Chatwin, Jacob Doohan and Sophie Smith.

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 2021, Joshua Larkin is the successful recipient.  Joshua completed Year 10 at Scottsdale High School in 2020 and has always been very passionate about cooking and has secured himself an apprenticeship at the Bridport Cafe as a Chef.  Joshua 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 2021, Tsegayinesh Midson is the successful recipient.  Tsegayinesh is studying a Batchelor of Social Work (with honours) at UTAS Launceston, with the course running for 4 years in duration.  Tsegayinesh 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 Grace Chatwin as the successful recipient.  Grace is studying a Batchelor of Justice Studies at UTAS Launceston, with the course running for 3 years in duration.  Grace will receive $3,000 per year for 2 years to assist with her educational expenses.


2021 Scholarship Recipients

L-R: Sophie Smith, Chloe Singline, Ryan Burr, Emily Hanslow, Jacob Doohan, Nathan Reid-Denman with Mayor Greg Howard

Absent: Emily Bowerman, Isabella Chatwin, Joshua Larkin, Tsegayinesh Midson and Grace Chatwin


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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