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Tourism-boosting events grant deadline looms for Cleethorpes

THERE is less than a fortnight to go until the deadline passes for the first round of tourism-boosting grants for Cleethorpes.

Tourism-boosting events grant deadline looms for Cleethorpes

Private-sector led economic investment group Coast NEL is making £170,000 available for organisations and businesses looking to put on events and activities in the resort area. 

It was part of the £3.8 million award to the resort as part of the Coastal Community Funding Initiative.

Chair of the group, Lawrence Brown, said: “It is well known that we were successful in securing Government funding and have started our engagement and consultation process in terms of changes to the street scene. 

“What might be less well known is that within our bid we had identified a sum of £170,000 of funding to encourage community events in Cleethorpes and also to look at extending the season outside the traditional summer months.

Mr Brown added: “The Government has made it clear that this money can only be used for these types of projects and has to be allocated wisely.  As long as an event complies with the necessary health and safety then we are making it as simple as possible for someone to apply for the funds.”

Three types of grant are available: 

Up to £500 for small community groups looking to put on small scale events or activities
Up to £1,000 for businesses to work together to put on public events that will boost trade, increase footfall and enhance the existing events programme
Up to £15,000 for professional events providers looking to bring new and imaginative visitor experiences into the resort  

Three rounds of funding windows are planned, and the events must be delivered by October 2019.  

Councillor Matt Patrick, North East Lincolnshire Council’s portfolio holder for tourism, said: “This is a great way of encouraging more people to visit Cleethorpes and see the changes that will be happening in and around the resort.  "Working with partners such as CoastNEL we have been looking at ways of extending the season and bringing visitors into the resort all year round, this is the first stage in that process.”

More information can be obtained by visiting the dedicated website, where grant application forms and details of submission dates are also available.

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