Individuals, community groups and organisations can once more apply for grants which boost the wellbeing of people in Dorset through nature, art and movement.

The second round of grants from the Nature, Art and Wellbeing Community Fund will tackle inequalities, enable groups to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of their local area and increase engagement with nature, art and movement. The fund particularly encourages projects which improve the wellbeing of adults living with long term health conditions, learning disabilities, low mental health, long term unemployment, carer roles, accessing day opportunities, or who are from marginalised backgrounds.

“We want to encourage local communities to be involved and find ways to enhance wellbeing, reduce isolation and support recovery. These innovative and creative projects will increase local opportunities for people to reap the benefit of being outside for the whole community.”
Sarah Perrett, Dorset Council’s Commissioning Project Manager

The programme has been made available through a partnership between The Arts Development Company, Stepping into Nature, Dorset Council, Active Dorset and Help & Care with support from The National Lottery Community Fund, National Academy of Social Prescribing Thriving Communities Fund and Contain Outbreak Management Fund.

“We received such a varied mix of projects working with a range of people in the first round and look forward to seeing more of these.”
Julie Hammon, Stepping into Nature Project Coordinator

The programme encourages projects to apply which upskill communities, provide inclusive activities, remove barriers to enjoy outdoor spaces and mitigate the effects of the pandemic. Examples include volunteer training, developing new or improving existing arts, nature and physical based activities, purchasing materials like tools, seeds or art materials or contracting specialist help to increase enjoyment of a greenspace. All applicants will be offered fully funded training on Diversity and Inclusivity, Dementia Awareness and Mental Health Awareness.

The fund is open to all in Dorset, including Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole and will close midday 14th June 2022. Projects will be assessed by a local panel to ensure they provide value for money, a legacy from the work, and meet at least one of the programmes outcomes.

If you have an idea that you wish to discuss contact Stepping Into Nature at 01305 224785 or stepin2nature@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

Find out more about the Nature, Art, Wellbeing Community Fund – read the guidance and application form.