Culture, Leisure & Tourism Fund
East Devon District Council has launched the Culture, Leisure & Tourism Fund which is being funded by the government’s £2.6 billion UK Shared Prosperity Fund as part of its levelling-up programme.
The Culture, Leisure & Tourism Fund (CLTF) enables organisations from community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations and businesses (CVSE) operating in the tourist sector in East Devon to apply for funding to deliver projects that support decarbonisation. The fund is also designed to help tourism businesses looking to make improvements to their accessibility.
Applicants can apply under one of the two funding pathways
The Rural Culture & Leisure pathway
This is for organisations looking for funding to purchase, install and utilise a specific type of equipment to help decarbonise operations. This could include solar panels, small wind turbines, air source heat pumps, EV charging points, LED lighting (replacing halogen lighting systems), double-glazed windows (replacing single-paned windows), and loft or wall insulation. The equipment must be used within a rural area of East Devon, excluding Exmouth.
Who can apply?
Rural community organisations with legal status and a clear cultural or leisure focus, including charities, community interest companies (CICs), social enterprises, voluntary organisations, religious institutions, local authorities, education providers and other public sector bodies.
The Sustainable Tourism pathway
Businesses seeking funding to purchase, install and utilise a specific type of equipment to help decarbonise operations or improve accessibility beyond statutory requirements. Eligible equipment includes all of those listed above in the Rural, Culture & Leisure pathway and hearing loops, stair lifts, ramps, handrails, and improved accessibility signage.
Who can apply?
Established businesses trading within the tourism sector including:
- Hotels, bed & breakfasts and holiday parks/resorts
- Tourist attractions and amusements
- Bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs
- Transportation operators and tour operators.
Devon Elevation Fund
The Devon Elevation Fund, being part of the Community Renewal Fund, will provide grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 for projects that help businesses and community organisations
How we can help
If you need assistance with your Culture, Leisure & Tourism Fund application, we can help you. Currently there is no funded support available, but we offer a very competitive hourly rate.
We’ve been supporting rural businesses, communities and farmers for over 25 years, and we’re experts in preparing funding and planning applications.
To give your application the best chance of being approved, please get in touch with us.
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