The Department of Education (DfE) has made a commitment to invest £10.1 million to help more schools open their facilities to the public as the coronavirus pandemic eases in England. Active Dorset has been awarded an element of the national Opening School Facilities (OSF) Fund to help schools in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole (BCP) and the wider Dorset to open their facilities.

The funding has the specific aim of helping schools to overcome any barriers they may have to opening their facilities outside of the school day, during evenings, weekends, and school holidays.

Local Opportunity

Active Dorset would like to offer schools with an opportunity to apply for individual school grants of up to £10,000 per school (we anticipate the average grant application will be for £3-4,000). The grants are to be used for targeted, school projects which meet the funding criteria and school eligibility laid out by the DfE.

Virtual Briefing

We are keen to make the application process as easy as we can. So, we ask that schools try to attend the virtual briefing Monday 10th May from 10-11am to find out more information. The meeting details are listed below:

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 858 3777 0570

If you are unable to attend the briefing, please feel free to request the power point and/or recording of the briefing by emailing

Application Process

  • Complete the online application form by 5pm on Friday 28th May.
  • The panel will review all applications in the week beginning Monday 7th June.
  • All schools will be informed of the result of their grant applications by Monday 14th June and grants will subsequently be awarded.

Please submit your application by Friday 28th May.

We encourage schools to apply for funding even if it does not fully comply with the OSF funding criteria alone, as there may be another way to support some elements of your grant application from other funding sources. For example, Active Dorset and Public Health Dorset may be able to co-jointly fund different elements of an application from one school.

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