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Dorset Education Fund launched by Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers
A UNIQUE education fund has been launched by The Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset.
Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers launched the new Dorset Education Fund at an official event at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne.
The fund has been set up by the Dorset Community Foundation to support extra-curricular, individual and community learning projects for individuals and groups in the county.
Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers said: “The Community Education Fund is the first one initiated through the foundation’s own endowment funds.
“An Arts Fund will also be launched in the New Year; these are flagships for the foundation.
“As patron of the Community Foundation I’m pleased they have been able to set up its own fund, and hope that it will attract support from the Dorset community.”
One funding pot from the new education fund is for community learning projects and is delivered in partnership with the Skills and Learning Service.
The £100,000 per year funding pot is particularly focused at projects which encourage people aged 19 and above 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.
Lesley Spain, principal community learning manager at the Skills and Learning Service, said: “Working with the Dorset Community Foundation has helped us to increase the access to our Community Learning Fund and to extend the reach of learning activities for those who are at risk of social isolation, disadvantaged or less able to learn.”
Other funding pots which are part of the education fund are for extra curricular group activities for children aged five to 16, and also for grants to individuals aged between 16 and 19 in training or education.
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