Wessex Water Community Fund, managed by Dorset Community Foundation, gave its first grants to 13 projects in the county.
The fund, which aims to support and bring communities together, has grants of up to £1,500 for smaller community groups and charities.
Among the 13 are Stur Youth Club (Sturminster Youth Club), Home-Start North Dorset, and Gillingham St Mary Scout Group.
The Wessex Water Fund opens for applications once a year and the next funding round is planned for January 2020.
For more details on the Wessex Water Fund or other funds Dorset Community Foundation manages, visit www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org