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Dorset SME Recovery Grant

In July, the Government announced that a share of £30 million would be distributed to each Local Enterprise Partnership, including a £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package for small businesses in the tourism sector and a further £20 million funding to help smaller businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, Dorset Growth Hub has been awarded a total of just under £550,000 of grant funding to distribute to eligible, Dorset SME businesses.

You can now apply for the amount of £1,000 - £3,000 or £5,000 in exceptional circumstances. You must read the Guidance (below) before applying, to make sure your business is eligible along with the project you have in mind.

In the Guidance there is a full list on what the money can and can’t be spent on, so please make sure to read this thoroughly before applying.

To apply, you can either complete the form online via our e-signing facility DocuSign or download the Word version to complete and e-mail to Please submit supporting documentation to

If you have any questions, please check the guidance document first, and if you need further assistance please e-mail

The closing date for applications is the 31st January 2021 or when the total budget is allocated, whichever is first. We advise you to apply as soon as possible as we expect there to be a huge demand.

Please bear with us as we anticipate receiving a large number of applications, we are a small team and will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

If you choose to complete the form online, this will be submitted automatically when you click ‘Finish’. If you start completing the application on DocuSign and don’t finish it, you can click the ‘other actions’ button in the top right of the screen and select ‘finish later’ to save what you have done and your application won’t be submitted until you return to complete it and click the ‘Finish’ button.