bid writing

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Our bid writing support service is available to any Dorset-based organisation thinking about applying for funding. 

As a key part of the Dorset Gateway’s business support offer, this service is fully-funded and is aimed at supporting high-potential/high-growth organisations looking to apply for funding that will help to meet the challenges set-out in Dorset’s Local Industrial Strategy and the UK's modern Industrial Strategy

Who is the service for?

Applications are welcomed from a range of applicant types (e.g. SMEs, universities, start-ups). Our guiding principles for support are as follows:

  • Alignment with the grand challenges and foundations for growth in the UK’s Industrial Strategy and aims and objectives of Dorset’s Local Industrial Strategy;
  • Can demonstrate that the subject/focus of the bid will lead to increased productivity or growth of a business.

What we offer

Dorset Gateway's bid writing support service includes access to a highly-qualified bid specialist to help you:

  • Draft your bid - up to 40 hours of support to write your application


  • Check your bid - a comprehensive application checking service to help ensure that the application you have written meets a funder's criteria and make suggestions about how you might strengthen it. 

Book a one-to-one session

Book an appointment with our highly experienced and free bid writing support service by completing our application form.

What we ask in return

Dorset LEP will publicise in its newsletters and over social media all successful bids that supports and the values of those applications, unless a specific application is agreed in advance as being too commercially sensitive and/or not to be reported in the public domain. The publicity will outline how Dorset Gateway was involved in the support of the successful application/s and will also mention any partners involved.

Please read our full terms and conditions before applying.

For further information please contact:

Finn Morgan
Dorset LEP Business Engagement and Dorset Gateway Manager
Tel: + 44 (0)1202 965755