Welcome to your regional PTA page. Dorset is known for its Jurassic Coast (a World Heritage Site), where the cliffs contain many fossils and famous features, such as Durdle Door and Studland Bay, which has one the world's largest seahorse-breeding colonies.

Local Grants & Support

Active Dorset Supporting sport and physical activity for the positive impact it has through improved physical and mental wellbeing, educational attainment, social cohesion and economic development on the lives of the people in Dorset.
The Bridge Educational Trust Supporting residents of Dorset with educational grants.
Council for Voluntary Service (CVS): Volunteer Centre Dorset Whether you are a community group made up of a handful of volunteers, or are a large national charity, we are here to help you with your volunteering needs.
Dorset Community Foundation The Education Fund has been set up to help ensure all young people have equal opportunities to reach their full potential and can access education and training. All Community Foundations (UK)
Dorset Council Funding for SEND Information on what funding there is for special educational needs or disability (SEND) in mainstream schools, including maintained schools, academies and free schools.
Dorset Gardens Trust Grants up to a maximum of £400 are awarded to primary, middle and special schools to fund new projects for their school gardens.
Dorset Music Hub Contemporary digital resources for music teachers and schools | Exciting online learning for children and young people.
Gillingham Town Council Grant Each year, Gillingham Town Council makes a limited sum available to help support local community and voluntary organisations.
LED Lighting Grant 40% off LED lighting with a lighting grant for schools in Dorset.
The Museum of East Dorset The Museum of East Dorset is committed to supporting schools and teachers in their delivery of National Curriculum objectives.
Visit Dorset Promoting educational visits in Dorset.
Wessex Water Foundation The Wessex Water Foundation provides funding for projects which bring people together to build stronger communities.

Local service organisations

Find your local Lions Club or Rotary Club.

Tip: For Lions Club, search using town names for the most accurate results.

National retailers' local branches

National retailers can also assist local schools. Please reach out to your local branches for the following retailers: 

The Asda FoundationCo-op (Local Community Fund), Pets At Home, Tesco Community Grants (contact, The WHSmith Trust (Community Grants), Wickes Community Programme

Supermarket Community Champions

Online contact/email: ASDA

Visit in person: Aldi, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, Marks & SpencerM&S store locator, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, SPARSPAR store locator, Tesco-Tesco store locator, Waitrose

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK.

Review successful grant awards from your local area(s), below:

Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Poole, Purbeck, West Dorset,

Weymouth and Portland

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  • Think we’ve missed one? Email the PTA+ team at to share your local information.



Below you will find links to a directory of local suppliers and your regional Facebook group.

Find Local Event and Fundraising Suppliers