APPLICATIONS are now open for a new fund aimed at charity and community projects which protect or improve the environment.

Wessex Water, in partnership with Dorset Community Foundation, is giving grants of up to £1,500 to projects that involve Dorset communities in environmental activities that benefit the area, have a positive impact on the local environment or educate communities about the importance of supporting it.

Priority will be given to groups working to save water, cut the use of single-use plastics, reduce waste or improve local biodiversity.

Kirsty Scarlett, Wessex Water’s head of community engagement, said: “The grants will also be targeted at organisations where a small amount of money can make a significant difference.

“Groups eligible are those with charitable aims, registered charities, and community interest companies with an annual income of less than £500,000. Schools and parish councils can apply if they can demonstrate community benefit to their project.”

The Wessex Water Environment Fund is part of the company’s charitable foundation, which provides a dedicated stream of funding for the voluntary sector.

To find out more about the fund, its criteria and how to apply, go to