North Dorset Economic Growth Fund


The fund can support initiatives and projects from start-up businesses. These are businesses which are moving from the idea stage to securing finance, setting up the basic structure of the business and are in the first phase of operating and trading (normally up to a year’s trading)

Dorset Growth Hub can provide assistance when applying for this fund. Call 03454 586 480 or email 

The focus of the Economic Growth Fund is support for start-up businesses.
Through its focus on support for start-up businesses, the Economic Growth Fund aims achieve growth in the local economy by developing commercial activity.
The objectives of the Fund are:
 To unlock potential in the local economy
 To support innovation in the local economy
 To add value in the local economy
 To lever additional funds and resources into the local economy
 To improve skills and the labour pool in the local economy
 To help retain young people in the local economy
 To increase the economic viability and vitality of our market towns, and also villages
 To promote opportunity and the strengths of the district (the ‘offer’) to support the local economy

And the Fund is looking for projects to deliver the following outputs:
 New jobs created
 Start-ups supported
 Improved skills
 Match funding

For more information, see the Dorset For You website.