Big cash boosts for Purbeck community hubs

Two Purbeck organisations are set to receive an injection of cash from Dorset Council as part of a grant scheme to support our cultural and community centres in Dorset.

The Purbeck Youth and Community Centre in Wareham and Bovington’s Tank Museum are among the 17 organisations across Dorset that will get up to three years of financial aid via the Organisational Revenue Support Fund.

The Purbeck Centre will be given £6,000 for one year only under the financial awards for social, voluntary and cultural sector community locations. The Tank Museum – which is categorised as a cultural site – is getting £10,000.

Christmas at The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum

“Health, wellbeing and learning of so many people”

Councillor Jill Haynes, Dorset Council portfolio holder for customer and community services said:

“I’m delighted Dorset Council is able to offer this support to some of the county’s cultural, voluntary and community organisations, despite pressure on our budgets, as we know they play such a key part in the health, wellbeing and learning of so many people.”

This funding project is designed to help support the revenue of significant cultural and community centres across the county.

Applications for the grants were submitted by organisations in late 2020 and the decision of the panel was made shortly before Christmas.

Full list of recipients

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Recipients of the cultural awards

  • Activate Performing Arts (Dorchester) – £20,000
  • Artsreach (Dorchester) – £41,947
  • Blandford Forum Museum – £5,000
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – £20,000
  • Bridport Arts Centre – £20,000
  • B Sharp (Lyme Regis) – £5,000
  • b-side (Portland) – £5,000
  • Charmouth Heritage Centre – £5,000
  • Dorchester Arts – £20,000
  • East Dorset Heritage Trust – £5,000
  • Emerald Ant (Countywide) – £10,000
  • Lyme Regis Philpott Museum – £20,000
  • Marine Theatre (Lyme Regis) – £10,000
  • Nothe Fort (Weymouth) – £20,000
  • Portland Museum – £5,000
  • Shaftesbury Abbey and Museum – £5,000
  • Sherborne ArtsLink – £10,000
  • Sherborne Museum – £5,000
  • Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum (Dorchester) – £10,000
  • Sturminster Newton Heritage Trust – £5,000
  • Tank Museum (Bovington) – £10,000
  • Walford Mill Educational Trust (Wimborne) – £10,000
  • Weymouth Museum – £5,000
  • Wimborne Minster Folk Festival – £4,000
Weymouth Museum
Weymouth Museum

Recipients of the social, voluntary and cultural sector community awards

  • Bridport Youth and Community Centre – £6,000
  • Bus Shelter Dorset (Rough sleepers charity, Weymouth based) – £5,000
  • Dorset Search and Rescue – £2,000
  • Footprints (Ex-prisoners support, Poole based) – £10,000
  • Friends of Stour Connect – £8,000
  • Gillingham Youth Club – £6,000
  • Help and Kindness (Community support project) – £10,000
  • Kushti Bok (Race equality charity) – £10,000
  • Lyme Regis Development Trust (Youth) – £6,000
  • People First Dorset (Learning disabilities charity, Dorchester based) – £7,500
  • Prama Life (Older people and care support, Poole based) – £5,000
  • Purbeck Youth and Community Centre – £6,000
  • Rendezvous (Youth support, Sherborne based) – £8,000
  • The Nest Social supermarket (Food support, Weymouth based) – £7,500
  • Treads (Youth advice, Blandford based) – £6,000
  • Weymouth Area Development Trust – £5,000
  • Wimborne and District Community Association – £7,500

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