This section of our site contains information and links to the latest funding support and opportunities available to Dorset-based businesses in addition to those outlined on our government financial support page.

Last updated: 03 December 2020

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Crowdfund Dorset Business

Dorset LEP has partnered with Crowdfunder and Enterprise Nation to support small businesses in generating essential cash flow during the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowdfund Dorset Business provides match funding of up to £5,000 for the self-employed and for small businesses to help them keep trading. This could provide a much-needed cash injection to help businesses bounce-back from the effects of COVID-19. The allocation is available to all businesses in need of cash flow, for example this could fund businesses moving online, pre-selling goods or even introducing PPE equipment into offices, shops or cafes.

Businesses can check eligibility and apply for this fund by visiting Crowdfund Dorset Business and signing up to Crowdfunder. Once set-up, businesses can start crowdfunding by pre-selling goods and services or offering concessions, discounts or rewards to loyal customers. Advice and support are available from Crowdfunder, Enterprise Nation and Dorset Gateway - Dorset LEP’s growth hub. Businesses can set a financial target to meet and coaching is provided by Crowdfunder, once the sum of money is met the money is released to the person or small business.

If you are a small business or know someone with a small business in this situation Crowdfunder can help to keep you trading. Further information is available here

Learn Platform
Crowdfunder's new Learn platform is available free of charge to provide additional support through the process. It can be accessed here.