Opening School Facilities

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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

If you were unable to attend the virtual briefing Monday 10 May, please find recording and presentation below.

Application Process

  • Complete the online application form by 5pm on Wednesday 30th June.
  • The panel will review all applications Thursday 1st July.
  • All schools will be informed of the result of their grant applications by Monday 5th July and grants will subsequently be awarded.

Please submit your application by Wednesday 30th June.

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.

For any enquiries, please contact

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