Being outdoors for as little as 5 minutes has immediate benefits for yourself and for those you share it with. It is therefore crucial that everyone has opportunities to access the outdoors and engage with nature. Unfortunately for some people this can be limited for various reasons such as mobility issues, low confidence or a lack of transport.

Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, Stepping into Nature, led by Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team has grants available from £100 up to £2000. This funding will support 70% of the costs with the remaining 30% in kind or volunteer hours. Julie Hammon, Project Officer said “We would really like to see projects which make the natural environment accessible for all, create opportunities to learn new skills and reduce feelings of social isolation and loneliness in local communities”.

If you have a project that you would like to get funded, particularly in Dorchester, Bridport, Beaminster, Swanage, Lyme Regis, Chickerell or the immediate surrounding areas then we would like to hear from you.

For more information on the project, grant criteria and application form visit You can also email, or call Julie Hammon for an informal chat about your project on 01305 224785. Keep up to date by following us on Twitter and Facebook with @stepin2nature.



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