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Grants & Funding

View the latest information on current grant and funding opportunities.

Malvern Hills Tourism Grant Scheme

Funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the aim of the scheme is to help develop the local tourism industry within a number of specific areas to help increase visitor numbers and improve the visitor experience.

Eligible businesses can apply for a 50% match-funded grant.

Cultural/Heritage Attractions - Up to £5,000

For Cultural/Heritage Attractions which need repair or restoration and/or towards a feasibility study for improving the visitor experience.

Attractions – Up to £2,500

Attractions and event venues can apply for a grant for projects which will help to improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities helping to ensure The Malverns is a visitor destination suitable for all. They can also apply for funding towards projects which help to improve the visitor experience and increase visitor numbers to the district.

Sustainable Tourism – Up to £2,500

The grant scheme will allow for more grants to be provided towards projects enabling tourism and hospitality businesses to improve their green credentials across the Malvern Hills district.

Festivals and Events - Up to £1,000

Town Centre festival organisers can apply for a grant to assist with festival development activities.

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Malvern Hills Rural Fund

A new fund worth £500k is being launched by Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) to help support rural businesses and communities.

Companies, community businesses and social enterprises can bid for a share of the Malvern Hills Rural Fund. The fund is being made available to support new small or micro businesses in rural areas, including helping farmers to diversify into other sectors, and growing tourism. The money can only be used to fund physical projects such as new buildings or renovations and not for staff or day-to-day running costs. It will be released in stages over the next two years, with the first round of funding available to bid for now. Individual grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are on offer, but businesses will be expected to match 50 per cent of the total cost of a project.

Expressions of interest must be submitted through the MHDC website using the online form. Shortlisted bids will then be invited to work up a full application.

The funding comes from the Government’s Rural England Prosperity Fund and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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Business Growth Grant - Worcester City Council

Businesses, that have been trading longer than 12 months can apply for a grant of up to £2,500 (if home-based) or £5,000 (if in commercial premises), subject to meeting the scheme criteria. The minimum grant is £1,000 and must be matched from own resources. This means your project must cost a minimum of £2,000.

The grant can be used towards ‘one off’ costs such as equipment, machinery, building works, premises refurbishment, fixtures and fittings, website construction or software, and other similar costs to help the business to grow.

The business must be based in Worcester. Only one grant is available per business or applicant. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they would not be able to bring the growth proposal forward without the help of this grant.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The Business Growth Grant is part of Worcester City Council’s allocation of £2.96m.

For further information and to request an application pack, contact the Worcester City Council Economic Development team either by email economy@worcester.gov.uk or call 01905 722106.

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Wychavon Rural Fund

A new fund worth £1 million is being launched by Wychavon to help support the district’s rural businesses and communities. Companies, charities, community groups, town and parish councils and other organisations can bid for a share of the Wychavon Rural Fund.

In total £420,000 is being made available to support new small or micro businesses in rural areas, including helping farmers to diversify into other sectors, and growing tourism.

Another £670,000 is available to support rural communities with projects such as community energy schemes, improving local green spaces, upgrading walking and cycling routes and cultural or heritage projects. The money can only be used to fund physical projects such as new buildings or renovations and not for staff or day-to-day running costs. It will be released in stages over the next two years, with the first round of funding available to bid for now. Individual grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are on offer, but businesses will be expected to match 50 per cent of the total cost of a project and other organisations 30 per cent.

Expressions of interest must be submitted through Wychavon’s website using the online form. Shortlisted bids will then be invited to work up a full application.

The funding is part of Wychavon’s share of the Government’s Rural England Prosperity Fund and UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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Net Zero Worcestershire

Grant funding is available to help Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Worcestershire to implement energy saving initiatives including LED lighting, heating and insulation and renewables. The initiative aims to support Worcestershire SMEs to make the transition towards a sustainable and low-carbon future.

Funding available in your area:

Bromsgrove District: £1,000 to £10,000
Malvern Hills District: £1,000 to £8,000
Redditch Borough: £1,000 to £10,000
Worcester City: £1,000 to £4,000
Wychavon District: £1,000 to £5,000
Wyre Forest District: £1,000 to £10,000

Grants are awarded on a competitive and match-funded basis, meaning the SME will need to provide at least 60% of the total cost of the project. Amounts available is subject to change.

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International Collaboration Grants

The British Council is offering grants of between £25,000 and £75,000 for arts and culture organisations across the UK to work in partnership with international organisations from selected countries to support arts projects that help artists to make and develop creative artwork and encourage new international partnerships and innovative ways of collaborating.

A total of £1 million is available for UK groups working in partnership with one or more organisations from eligible participating countries to deliver arts projects that can include:

  • Film.
  • Creative technology.
  • Literature.
  • Visual arts.
  • Theatre and dance.
  • Architecture, design, and fashion.
  • Music.
  • Cross-art forms.
  • Activities with themes relevant to the creative economy.
  • Cross-disciplinary projects (eg art and science, art and technology).

A list of eligible participating countries is available from the British Council website.

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National Lottery Grants for Heritage

National Lottery Heritage Grants form part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund's new 10-year strategy, Heritage 2033, that aims to invest £3.6 billion across the UK with grants ranging from £10,000 up to £10 million.

Grants are available to support projects of up to five years that care for and sustain heritage in the UK. This could include nature and habitats, historic buildings and environments, or cultures, traditions and people’s memories.

Two levels of funding are available:

  • Grants from £10,000 to £250,000 for projects of no more than five years in duration.
  • Grants from £250,000 to £10 million for projects of no more than five years in duration (excluding the development phase).

Applications from:

  • £10,000 to £100,000 will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage and partnerships.
  • £100,000 to £10 million will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations.

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Association of Independent Museums (AiM) Training Grants

The Association of Independent Museums (AiM) is offering grants of up to £350 for member museums across the UK to develop the skills and expertise of their paid or voluntary workforce.

The AIM Training Grants Programme will support fees, accommodation (where distance travel is involved) and environmentally sensitive travel costs towards:

  • Attendance of courses, seminars, and workshops
  • Online remote courses and training
  • A bursary to attend the AIM National Conference in June 2024
  • Subject specialist training
  • Museum study visits
  • Mentoring placements

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Arts Council England - Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND)

Grants available to non-national Accredited museums to undertake vital infrastructure and urgent maintenance backlogs which are beyond the scope of day-to-day maintenance budgets.

The Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) is provided with funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered, awarded and monitored by Arts Council England (ACE).

This is the final round of the fund, and there is a total of £23.8 million with grants of between £50,000 and £5 million.

The funding is intended to support museums to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Become more financially resilient and environmentally responsible.
  • Increase the environmental performance of buildings and equipment to help reduce carbon emissions in the museum sector.
  • Improve access for disabled people and accommodate diverse user needs.
  • Strengthen contributions to local communities and regeneration by preserving landmark buildings.

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