What is it?

Part of the Stepping into Nature project is to implement a community pot’ small grants scheme with a max amount available per application of £2000 at a 70/30% match (in-kind or funding). This fund will be used to help people make connections to the natural environment in local communities. Enabling community groups to undertake projects, which help to conserve and enhance the natural beauty in their local area and encourage engagement with nature for older people, those living with dementia and their carers.

This competitive grants scheme will provide small grants for a range of eligible projects that contribute towards some of the Stepping into Nature objectives:

  1. Developing and delivering opportunities for people to become more physically and mentally active that increase peoples resilience by improving social and emotional wellbeing
  2. Improving the environment to increase accessibility creating “Dementia Friendly Countryside” green spaces
  3. Reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness through delivering inclusive nature based activities within communities.
  4. Increased confidence and life skills for older people, those with dementia, carers and providers.
  5. Increased motivation and independence for carers and people with dementia through increased provision and information to accessing the natural landscape.

Want to find out more?

For more information download our Grant Application Criteria.
To apply download out Application Form.
If you would like these as word documents please request them using the details below. 

To express an interest or for an informal chat about your project please contact the team on stepin2nature@dorsetcc.gov.uk or call Julie Hammon on 01305 224785.



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