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£1.5m available to help tourism businesses

Improve the quality of your serviced accomodation

16 September 2015

Businesses have been urged to take advantage of £1.5m in European funding to help tourism.

Funds are being made available through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) to local businesses which will help develop tourism development and infrastructure.

A total of £1.5m is available with a closing deadline of 27 November 2015.

EU strategy manager for the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Corinne Watson explains: “The tourism business development funding is designed to improve the quality of serviced overnight accommodation available in rural areas.

“It is to support micro and small rural businesses seeking to expand and create jobs. “The tourism infrastructure call is supporting rural businesses and communities seeking to invest in recreational and small scale rural tourism projects. Grants are available to develop new and existing visitor attractions, events and festivals and small scale infrastructure.

“The ultimate objective of both funding streams is to attract more overseas visitors to stay in Cumbria for longer and spend more in the local economy.” 

Graham Haywood, director of Cumbria LEP adds: “The rural tourism sector has significant opportunity for growth to develop Cumbria’s overall year round tourism offer. This also benefits the wider economy through higher spend on rural attractions and accommodation as well as an increase in tourism based enterprises and job opportunities.”

Details of the specifics of each funding call along with guidance notes and information on how to apply are available via the following links: