The Visitor Economy

Visitor Economy Business Support

There are many visitor economy related funding sources and business support services available to eligible business; we have therefore pulled information together in one place for easier access.

Visit Wiltshire

Visit Wiltshire provides a partner service, highlighting new opportunities and providing a growing source of information about current tourism matters. There are also useful connections to resources and information provided by other support organisations. VisitWiltshireWebsite

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Heritage Lottery Supported Resources

Range of grants from £3000 - £5 million. Open to Non-profit organisations and partnerships led by non-profits.

These include the following resources listed below:

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£100k-£5 million grants to repair and regenerate neglected buildings for new uses.

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Larger heritage projects with grants over £100k to £5,000,000

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£3k-250k For organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to...

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Further business support available:

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Growing Places Infrastructure Fund

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Provides loans for infrastructure projects that will create jobs or new homes.

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Landfill Communities Fund

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Applications through Communities First. Grants up to about £40k. Supports community, built heritage and environmental site-based capital projects. Relevant to community & tourism related activities e.g. cycle paths, access & facilities, sports and leisure facilities.

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Parks for People Grant

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Regeneration funding for historic parks and cemeteries, £100k- £5 million

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Green Key

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Voluntary Eco-label award scheme – quality standard for environmental responsibility and sustainable operation. Available to hospitality businesses globally.

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RDPE Rural Growth Programme

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Three types of capital grants available in Swindon and Wiltshire: Tourism Infrastructure, Food & Drink Processing, Business Development. Capital Grants from £35,000 – approximately £170,000. Generally up to 40% intervention rate (higher for non-profit businesses).

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First World War ‘then and now’ grant

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Open until 2019.

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European Territorial cooperation programme

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Enhancing the attractiveness of the territories of the France (Channel) England Area: Realise the potential of the common natural and cultural assets to deliver innovative and sustainable growth. Aims to improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the Programme’s cultural and natural heritage, and to support economic growth through developing a more competitive tourism offer. This has the aim of increasing not only the regions appeal to visitors, but making it a more appealing place to live and work with the intention of attracting businesses and therefore jobs to the area.

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Countryside Productivity Scheme

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£40 million new funding announced by Defra in November 2017. Minimum £35,000 grants for: Water resource management and reservoirs, Improving forestry productivity, Adding value to Agri-food, Improving farm productivity.

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Business in the Community: Power to Change Community Business Fund

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Only open to community businesses. Grants from 50k - £300k. Next round of funding from 2018. Funds community enterprises –includes tourism relevant businesses e.g. arts centres, community pubs, cafes, shops, transport, media, environment & conservation that benefits people. Capital and revenue funding.

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Arts Council of England Strategic Touring Fund

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£35 million total fund. Funds touring work, focusing especially on areas where people have low engagement with the arts and those that rely on touring for much of their arts provision. It also seeks to extend the reach of high-quality work by broadening the range of venues presenting it, as well as forging stronger relationships between audiences, promoters, venues, artists and producers. The programme supports a wider range of high-quality work, with a focus on work that is toured to people and places with the least engagement and reflects the diversity of local communities and/or contemporary England and increases work that supports the Creative Case for Diversity.

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Landscapes Partnership grant

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£100k-£3 million to conserve distinctive landscapes.

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North Wessex Downs AONB SD Fund

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Environmental, social and economic benefits. Generally up to £3k. Open to community and voluntary groups and partnerships.

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Historic England: Repair Grants for Heritage at Risk

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Grants towards the repair and conservation of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and registered parks and gardens. Open to owners of property needing repair.

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Prism Fund

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Grants of £500- 20,000. The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund awards grants to help charitable bodies and accredited museums acquire and conserve items or collections which are important in the history and development of science, technology, industry and related fields. Open to charitable or public bodies and accredited museums except national organisations funded by central government.

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Young Roots

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£10k-50k to help young people aged 11-25 to explore their heritage

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Visit Britain: Discover England Fund

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£40million funding for tourism projects that support sector growth. Open until 2019.

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Cranborne Chase AONB SD Fund

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Small amounts of funding focused on sustainable and innovative ways of living, local services includes communication and celebration of local history and culture. 2017-18 funding committed. Next round from April 2018.

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Cotswolds AONB SD Fund

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Open to public, private or voluntary organisations plus individuals and businesses if there are wider community benefits. Supports community-based sustainable development projects – focus on environmental, local economy or community benefits within the AONB area – including tourism, recreation, access, historic environment. 50% intervention rate – can increase to 75% for Non-profit organisations. Grants up to £8,000.

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Big Lottery Awards for All

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£300- £10,000 grants for community projects that: Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities, Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities, Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

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Social and Sustainable Capital

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Loans and investment finance for charities, social sector and community enterprises. Focus on supporting disadvantaged people.

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Further support

If you can’t find the information you are looking for please contact Alison Morgan, Senior Development Officer (Rural Economy) at Wiltshire Council.

Telephone:
01225 771662, or

Email
Alison.Morgan@wiltshire.gov.uk