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A UNIQUE education fund for the county is set to be launched by The Dorset Community Foundation.
The foundation supports local charities and community groups. It will launch The Dorset Education Fund to support education, learning and training activities for Dorset residents, with grants available to individuals, community groups and charities.
Ashley Rowlands, chair of trustees for the foundation, said: “The Dorset Education Fund aims to enrich and support individual and community learning for people between five and 65 across Dorset.
“We hope local people and companies will also support the initiative through donations.”
The fund, delivered in partnership with the Skills and Learning Agency, aims to encourage people to acquire new skills, re-connect with learning, pursue an interest, prepare for progression to formal courses or learn how to support their children better.
One funding pot is specifically for charities and community groups involved with extra-curricular projects for children aged between five and 16.
Successful applicants could get up to £1,500 for projects which help children make the most of their potential and engage those who are particularly disadvantaged.
The foundation is also looking to support individuals who live in Dorset and are aged between 16 and 19. Applicants must be in education, apprenticeships and/or training and will be required to give evidence of financial need.
Two pots of money for the grants come from a legacy left to the foundation from retired school teacher Marjorie Gordon, who wanted to create a fund that would assist young people into further or higher education.
The fund is now accepting donations with some eligible to be matched by 50% from the Communities First Government Scheme.
Applications are now open and will close on December 6. For more details or to apply see www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org.
To donate, send a cheque to The Dorset Community Foundation, 24 St Peter’s Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2LN.
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