Welcome to Sturminster Newton Town Council

Sturminster Newton is a rural town in North Dorset approximately 9 miles from Blandford to the East and 13 miles from Shaftesbury to the North at the heart of the Blackmore Vale.  It has a current population of approximately 4500.  The town is mentioned in the Domesday Book and some present day residents can trace their ancestors back for centuries.

The last fifteen years have witnessed considerable changes, but thanks to the vision and efforts of its residents and business community the town retains its character and vitality, it remains a friendly and popular place to live, work and visit.  It is well known for The Exchange, a vibrant performing arts and community centre and also the North Dorset Trailway - a popular starting point for walkers and cyclists exploring the area.  Sturminster Water Mill is an iconic landmark alongside the rare multi-arched bridge.


The Council invites applications for grants towards the cost of specific projects, specific types of expense, or the general running costs of deserving organisations which demonstrate a clear benefit to the people of Sturminster Newton.

Grant payments are made from a specific and limited budget set aside every year from funds raised from the Council Tax payers of Sturminster Newton.

Grants Programme Open

Each year the Town Council reserves a sum of money for the provision of grants to voluntary organisations and community groups that provide services that benefits the residents of Sturminster Newton. The amount of grants available is limited and therefore priority will be given to applications that:

·         Improve the quality of life for residents of Sturminster Newton

Grant applications between £100 to £750 will be considered.

Please click on the links for the application form and grants policy.

The deadline is 12 noon on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.









Sturminster Newton Town Council has 10 Town Councillors and 8 members of staff. 


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