Charities and community groups based in the shire of Dorset, which excludes Bournemouth and Poole, can now apply for a grant of up to the value of £7,500 from Dorset County Communities Fund.
The fund, managed by Dorset Community Foundation, has been set up by Dorset County Council to build the capacity of the voluntary and community sector and parish and town councils "in order to deliver stronger services and support for local communities".
The Fund will support "new and distinct parcels of work" which have a start and a finish date, a budget, and specific outcomes and outputs.
This is the third funding round. The first two rounds have distributed over £285,000 to 77 charities and community groups across Dorset.
The closing date for applications is 19 October 2012.