Charitable and voluntary organisations can apply to the Town Council for a financial grant subject to meeting criteria.
As of the 1st April 2020 Blandford Forum Town Council will consider free venue hire requests separately from any grant applications. The application form is on page two of the Grants Criteria Application Form below.
As part of the Town Council’s pledge to support environmentally friendly and supportive actions the Green Grant has been launched, which offers two match funding grants of £500 per year to community groups wishing to start up an environmentally friendly initiative.
The set of criteria and application forms for a grant or free venue hire are available from our offices or you can download them below:
- Grants Criteria and Application Form (please see the statement below regarding the use of your data)
Grants awarded in the 2023/24 financial year (to date):
Grants awarded in the 2022/23 financial year:
Blandford Environmental Trust – £300
Grants awarded in the 2021/22 financial year:
Blandford Royal British Legion – £150.00
Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley – £430.00 (supporting a programme to help local children)
Blandford Forum Snooker Club – £1500.00 for plaster works
In Jolly Good Company – £320.00 (free room hire)
Blandford Environmental Trust – £345.00 Green Grant for the planting of trees
The Town Council currently has Service Level Agreements in place with local groups/organisations, until 31st March 2025, as follows:
Blandford Food Bank – £5,000 a year
TREADS – £2,000 a year
Citizen’s Advice Bureau – £5,000 a year
Town Museum – £2,500 a year
Fashion Museum – £2,500 a year
Blandford Information Centre – £2,000 a year
Blandford Stour Valley Band – £1,500 a year (service provision agreement)
Blandford Boxing Club – £15,000 (year one), £2,500 (year two) and £2,500 (year three)
In addition, the Town Council supported the Leisure Centre at £50,000 a year, for the financial years 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, 2019/2020.
The Town Clerk, Responsible Financial Officer and Finance & Staffing Committee at Blandford Forum Town Council, Town Clerk’s Office, Church Lane, Blandford Forum, DT11 7AD, who can be contacted on 01258 454500, will be in control of the data you provide. The information which you provide in this application form and any other information obtained or provided during the course of the application is a contractual requirement to assess your grant application and failure to provide all of the information requested will impact on the likelihood of your organisation being offered a grant. Your information will be used solely for the purpose of assessing the application. A redacted version of grant application will be published in the public domain as part of the Finance & Staffing Committee agenda. If your application is successful or unsuccessful, the information will be retained as part of Town Council administrative and financial records, until there is no longer an administrative requirement, after which time it will be archived at the Dorset History Centre or destroyed after review. You have the right to data portability, request access to, rectification or erasure of your data collected as part of this process. If your application is successful, the information will form part of our grants payments process and we will be entitled to process it as part of the successful grants process. You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner.