Communities Caring for Heritage

Our Communities Caring for Heritage Grants Programme is open.

The Communities Caring for Heritage Grants Programme supports activities at a community level that complement those which form part of the wider Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership Scheme. This programme aims to enable communities to conserve and enhance the wonderful cultural and natural landscape of their area, help more people to learn about and enjoy their fantastic heritage and to help tell the story of the people and landscape from a community perspective.

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We are inviting you to make an application for funding to create interesting and exciting projects which involve people in learning about, celebrating and improving their natural and cultural heritage. If you have a great idea for a project that you think is suitable please read the guidance document below and complete the Expression of Interest form in the first instance. Completed Expressions of Interest forms can be sent to the Scheme Manager at any point, and if your project has potential you can then proceed to a full application form which will be emailed to applicants.

Who can and cannot apply?

Eligible applicants are:

  • ‘Not for profit’ organisations that fall into one or more of the following categories:
  • A community or voluntary group/organisation
  • A registered charity
  • A social enterprise or other non-profit making organisation
  • A parish council
  • A school
  • A church

The following cannot apply for a community grant:

  • Individuals
  • Private businesses
  • Any other organisation (formal or informal in structure) with the ability to distribute funds and/or assets among its members

Fund objectives

Specifically grant assisted projects must contribute to at least one of the following objectives:

  1. Conserving, protecting, and/ or enhancing natural, historic or cultural heritage.
  2. Helping people learn about their natural, historic or cultural heritage.
  3. Helping communities celebrate the natural, historic or cultural heritage.
  4. Increasing people’s awareness and enjoyment of the Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley area for residents and those working in or visiting it.

Examples of projects that are likely to be eligible are:

  • Restoring an historical site such as a dew pond.
  • Creating a new village walking trail with information leaflets or boards.
  • Organising a new event featuring traditional crafts or focusing on an historical event.
  • Setting up a volunteer opportunity contributing to the Chase and Chalke Landscape Partnership objectives such as hosting a volunteering weekend for visitors to work on a particular natural or built heritage site.

If you would like to discuss any project ideas please contact Scheme Manager Jonathan Monteith by email

Application dates will be released during each of the next three years, falling at the end of April, August and December. The next deadline for applications is 30th April 2022.  Full guidance for applicants and the Expression of Interest form can be found here:


Expressions of Interest forms should be sent to the LPS Manager in the first instance for assessment, before progressing to a full application if the project fits the criteria. All grant applications will then be assessed by the Grants Panel who will meet to assess and make decisions on applications received.

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