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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.

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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.

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.

2020 Barry Jarvis Education Scholarships RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

Dorset Council are excited to announce the recipients of the 2020 Barry Jarvis Education Scholarships. All scholarships in this programme have been named in honour of the late Mayor Barry Jarvis, who sadly passed away in June 2015 and was a strong advocate of education in Dorset.

A very high standard of applications were received, and members of the Dorset Council Education Scholarship Selection Panel (the Panel) had a difficult task selecting the worthy recipients.

This year the Panel found it very hard to choose just one recipient for the University Scholarship and decided to proportion it and award it to two applicants. Elliot Hall from Scottsdale and Ebony Hodgins from Branxholm are the two successful Scholarship recipients who are both studying with the University of Tasmania in Launceston. Elliot is studying a Bachelor of Architecture and Built Designs and has a vision to set up his own business after he has completed his studies. Ebony is studying an Associate Degree in Applied Business specialising in Tourism and Events and is looking forward to obtaining the skills and knowledge to enable her to provide a quality service to the community of Dorset. The Barry Jarvis University Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to three years of university study.

The Barry Jarvis Agribusiness Scholarship provides financial support of $2,500 per year for two years to a student studying Agribusiness. Montanna Gilroy is the successful applicant in 2020, and is studying an Associate Degree in Agribusiness with the University of Tasmania. Montanna is very passionate and interested in all aspects of agriculture and would love nothing more than to return to Dorset to commence her career in agriculture.

Dorset Council awarded the 2020 Barry Jarvis Apprenticeship/Traineeship Scholarship to two applicants this year due to both of the successful applicants having very strong applications and both being very worthy recipients. William Monson from Scottsdale is undertaking an Apprenticeship in Building and Construction with Darren Hopkins of D & D Hopkins Building Services and Kobe Newall of Ringarooma is undertaking an Apprenticeship in Engineering Fabrication with Bison Construction Pty Ltd. William and Kobe will each receive $1,000 financial support from Dorset Council to assist with the expenses associated with their Apprenticeships and both have plans to continue working in the Dorset area for years to come.

Five Barry Jarvis Scottsdale High School Scholarships have been awarded for 2020. The successful applicants will receive $500 each towards their education expenses. The successful recipients are: Sophie Smith, Lili Hall, Isabella Chatwin and Tyson Child who are studying year 11 at Scottsdale High School and Georgia Knight who is studying year 12 at Scottsdale High School.

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Barry Jarvis Education Scholarship recipients. 


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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