Growing Places Fund


The Dorset LEP Growing Places Fund has been provided with £9.7m from central government as a revolving loan scheme to support housing and job creation in Dorset.

The Growing Places Fund is a repayable loan that encourages local economic growth in Dorset. The Fund is designed to unlock capital projects which have a significant economic impact and the potential for job and home creation and can quickly deliver tangible economic outcomes.

The Fund may also be used where businesses are unable to access alternative funding mechanisms for viable schemes that will deliver economic growth and support Dorset LEP’s strategic objectives.

The Growing Places Fund is an ‘evergreen’ fund allocated on a competitive basis through open calls. In May 2018 we invited applications for GPF loans from a range of private sector businesses and public sector organisations operating in Dorset. The deadline for applications was on 22nd June 2018, and the open call is now CLOSED.  

Businesses that are interested to learn more about the Fund should contact:

Martina Hanulova
Programmes Manager, Growing Places Fund
T: 07925 891380

To date Growing Places Fund has been allocated to:

  • Alder Hills – Centre for Social Enterprise Excellence in Poole
  • Bionanovate Ltd., Poole
  • Boscombe Regeneration, Bournemouth
  • Castle Court, Osprey Quay, Portland
  • Cobham Gate, Ferndown, Dorset
  • Field International Ltd., Poole
  • Hamworthy – Transport Smarter Choices, Poole
  • North Dorset Business Park, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
  • Ultrafast Broadband

The Growing Places Fund Steering Group

The Growing Places Fund Steering Group has been established to consider and manage the application of the Growing Places Fund in Dorset (covering the Dorset LEP area including Bournemouth and Poole). 

Growing Place Fund Steering Group Terms of Reference

LEP Board RepresentativeSara Uzzell 


Boscombe Regeneration

Boscombe West has high long standing levels of deprivation.The development of 11 affordable, low energy family homes is located at Gladstone Mews and was completed and handed over in August 2014. The development was completed below budget, at a cost of £1,194,395, allowing £305,605 of Growing Places Fund money to be released for reinvestment in further projects.

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