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Kickstart Lancashire Tourism Grants

Are you a small to medium sized tourism business based in Lancashire? Has your business suffered as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic?

If so you may be eligible to receive support via the Kickstart Lancashire Tourism grant. The aim of the funding is to help your business to continue to deliver business activity, make productivity improvements or diversify via funding to access specialist advice or to purchase equipment.

Current key dates
Open for expressions of interest: August 24 2020
Expressions of interest assessed: Early September onwards
Future key dates released when available

100% grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available, going up to £5,000 in appropriate circumstances.

Projects must complete activity and pay in full by 31st January 2021 with grant claims submitted by 15th February 2021 at the latest.

What can the funding be used for?

You must be able to demonstrate that your business has suffered as a direct result of the pandemic. Priority will be given to those that can illustrate how their business has been affected and how this funding will help them adapt to new trading conditions.

Funding can be sought for the following:

  • Targeted marketing campaigns or re-branding to obtain new customers;
  • Creation of e-commerce facility on web site to maximise sales;
  • Specialist equipment to increase capacity or production;
  • The purchase of minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology (digital solutions) in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify in response to COVID 19;
  • Paying for specialist technical expertise;

What the funding cannot be used for:

  • PPE equipment;
  • Social distancing measures;
  • Planning and/or architecture fee’s;
  • Capital building costs;
  • Costs incurred prior to your project being approved;
  • Ongoing running costs;
  • Vehicles
  • Consultancy fees to support applicants with applying for this grant

Who is the funding for?

The funding is available for small to medium sized tourism businesses based within Lancashire. Priority will be given to the following:

Accommodation providers

Food and drink providers

Tourism attractions and experiences

If you feel that your business does provide a tourism service but does not fit within the categories above please email us at businesscovid19enquiries@lancashire.gov.uk demonstrating how the business is dependent on visitors for income (both leisure and business visitors)/located in a tourist area and dependant on visitors. Applications submitted by third parties will not be accepted.

How do I apply?

In the first instance please make sure that you meet the minimum criteria below.
Is your business:

Based in Lancashire?

A tourism business?

Been affected as a direct result of Covid-19?

Numbers less than 250 full-time equivalent employees?

If you answered yes to ALL of the minimum criteria you need to complete an Expression of Interest form. Once your Expression of Interest form is submitted we will review the form and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria and that the support is right for you. If you are eligible you will then be invited to proceed to full application. If you are not eligible we will contact you via email and, if appropriate, we will sign post you to any other suitable support.

Express your interest

If your full application is approved we will send you a Grant Funding Agreement, which you must sign and return to us. You must then pay for the product or service and submit a claim to us providing evidence of purchase and payment.

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