Last year we supported our groups to raise over £1,727,000.

Would you like to saving precious time when applying for funding, increase your chances of success, or perhaps develop more sustainable income streams?

​If so, DCA’s Funding Advice services is here to support you with:

  • STAYING AHEAD OF FUNDING TRENDS and last minute opportunities through our e bulletin;

  • MAKING BETTER USE OF YOUR LIMITED TIME, reduce the number of failed funding bids, and missed deadlines, by having our experienced advisers provide a third pair of eyes and help you identify where your gaps are;

  • AVOIDING MIS-INFORMATION such as selecting the wrong legal structure for charitable funding;

  • ENABLING YOU TO DISCUSS YOUR IDEAS directly with funders at our funding fairs and dragons’ dens events.  We know our funders and know what they are looking for.

​Fundraising skills training covers:

Getting fit for funding; Developing a funding strategy; Making your case for support; Finding the right funders; Preparing a winning application. Find our full list of training and events here

​Funding resources

  Fundfinder Tool

This is a service that is provided free of charge to community groups in Dorset by Dorset County Council. Once registered the group will receive emails to let them know about new funding available for their group.  They can also go on the site directly to search for funding specifically for their group. Dorset Community Action can support groups with everything from funding searches to writing funding bids – just click on see an advisor to book an appointment.

Dorset Charitable Trusts If you are looking for local trusts, Dorset Community Foundation offers an on-line database.
Funding Central  Funding Central lists thousands of funding and finance opportunities and there's also a wealth of tools supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy.
Grants4Schools

Grants4Schools is the UK's most comprehensive and up to date UK grant funding information service. Updated on a daily basis, Grants4Schools informs you of grant funding opportunities from the European Union, UK Government Agencies, the Lottery as well as Grant Making Trusts & Foundations.