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We have secured funding for Dorset through competitive bids for UK Government and European funding. Projects benefiting from this investment bring long-term economic growth to the region and support the continued development of Dorset as a prosperous and attractive place to live and work.

We have invested in exciting projects to support the creation of jobs, houses and economic growth in Dorset.

The scope and impact of our work is broad and ranges from infrastructure improvements (transport and digital) to investment in education, tourism, research facilities and business/employment space. The projects deliver long term growth and prosperity, more jobs and housing to the region, and underpin Dorset's ongoing resilience and economic development.

Funding allocation

The majority of projects have been funded through the government's Local Growth Fund via a £98.5 million growth deal for Dorset. The Getting Building Fund and Growing Places Fund also delivered significant investment into Dorset. 

Applying for funding

Funding is currently available through our loan scheme, the Growing Places Fund

Our projects

Details of all projects benefitting from Dorset LEP investment - completed, ongoing and pre-contract - can be viewed on our website.

Dorset LEP's investment projects

Regular reviews were conducted on all our projects - Local Growth Fund, Growing Places Fund, Getting Building Fund, Dorset Gateway and Dorset Innovation Park. These included project updates including forward plans and a project dashboard containing financial information, progress, projected and achieved outputs and outcomes.