Dorset LEP Project Pipeline

Dorset LEP is inviting private sector businesses and public sector organisations operating in Dorset to submit an outline business case for projects in Dorset that will deliver increased productivity.

Dorset LEP has already successfully secured £98.5m through the Government’s Local Growth Fund, as part of an overall investment programme of £234m, for projects identified in our Strategic Economic Plan.

We now wish to have a pipeline of capital projects should funding opportunities connected with the delivery of the Government’s Industrial Strategy arise, or if other sources of funding become available. There is currently no funding available from Dorset LEP.

What sort of projects are we looking for?

Dorset LEP is looking for proposals for projects that will boost productivity in Dorset by addressing one or more of the foundations and objectives outlined in the Government’s Industrial Strategy, in a way that is relevant to our place. We are particularly interested in projects in our strategic priority sectors of;

  • Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing (including Aerospace and Marine)
  • Agri-tech
  • Care
  • Creative & Digital Industries
  • Energy
  • Financial Services & Insurance
  • Med-tech
  • Nuclear
  • Rural productivity
  • Tourism & Leisure

We welcome applications from any public, private or third sector organisation that has a project with the potential to deliver increased productivity in the Dorset LEP area.  This is exclusively for capital projects with a minimum grant funding request of £250,000 and can be delivered / completed by 31 March 2021. Please note that there is currently no funding available from Dorset LEP. 

How to express an interest in applying for future funding

You will need to produce an Outline Business Case for the project. A copy of the Dorset LEP form and guidance is available to download by clicking on the links below.

Dorset LEP - Outline Business Case 

Dorset LEP Pipeline Project Guidance 

Dorset LEP Pipeline Workshop Presentation

Dorset LEP Frequently Asked Questions

Completed forms must be submitted electronically by 17:00 on Friday, 28 September 2018 and sent to Dorset LEP Programmes Manager, Katherine May at

Dorset LEP will consider all of the submitted projects. Assessment will be based around four core elements:

  • Ambition and rationale for intervention for the local area
  • Value for money
  • Deliverability and risk
  • Impact on productivity 

If you wish to discuss your project idea in advance of your outline business case submission or if you have questions about the application process, please contact a member of the team


Rob Dunford

Deputy Director

Katherine May

Programmes Manager

Tel: 01202 962717 

Mob: 07802 721351

Tel: 01202 962720

Mob: 07802 721352


Martina Hanulova

Programmes Manager

Lucy Green

Programmes Manager

Tel: 01202 965755

Mob: 07925 891380


Tel: 01202 965755

Mob: 07708 510464

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