PROJECTS in Dorset which help armed forces families can benefit from funding.

Grants of between £250 and £250,000 are available from the Community Covenant scheme, which helps projects that strengthen the ties between members of the armed forces community and the wider public.

In Dorset, 21 projects have been successful so far, including an exhibition, an adventure playground, a village hall and a volunteer recruitment project. Over £250,000 has been awarded to Dorset, and your project could be next. Applications for funding must be submitted by September 1. There will be another round later in the year which will close on December 31.

County Council chief executive Debbie Ward said: “The armed forces have an important presence in Dorset, so we are delighted that Dorset has had remarkable success with this grant programme. “There are some strong links between the county’s armed forces and our local communities and, with some significant anniversaries this year, those ties are increasing all the time. The funding is a fantastic way to enable even stronger relationships to develop. “We have already seen some great outcomes, so I encourage even more projects to come forward with their ideas.” For more information contact Becky Forrester r.forrester@ or call 01305 224821.

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