Talbot Village Trust, a local grant giving charity that supports worthy causes in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, East Dorset and the Isle of Purbeck, is urging for people to apply for grants before the Trust meet again in November.

Since last year Talbot Village Trust has awarded more than £1 million to those in need in the community covering education, youth, charity and church sectors. The Trust more recently donated more than £20,000 to Harbour Challenge Outdoor Adventure Centre to ensure new showers and toilet facilities were fitted with disabled access.

The Trust, which meets biannually to select donations or loan recipients, also awarded funds of more than £18,000 to Diverse Abilities to aid with plans to expand the charity’s day and night respite facilities.

Sir Christopher Lees, Chairman of the Trustees, said: “It is the legacy of two sisters who founded Talbot Village in the mid-19th century and their philanthropic approach, which continues to inspire us to help provide those in the wider community with the funds needed for important causes to be carried out across the county.

‘‘We want to encourage anyone who believes they would benefit from receiving either a donation or loan to make an application via our website. It is our priority to ensure we look at every application individually and believe that no project or cause is too small to receive our help.’’

Applicants wishing to receive funding can visit the Trust’s website: www.talbotvillagetrust.co.uk where they can find out more information about the charity and the application process.