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SDNPA launches small grant scheme for Visitor Economy
5th August 2020

South Downs National Park Authority are launching a recovery small grant scheme aimed at helping tourism businesses and cultural organisations affected by Covid-19.

Who can apply?

The scheme is designed for tourism busineses and cultural organisations such as accommodation, attractions, activity providers, and food and drink businesses, located in or that operate in the South Downs National Park.


What will SDNPA fund?

Applicants will be able to apply for grants between £500-£2,000 to support the following:

  • Provide 'kick starter' seed funding to adaptations or initiatives that help you to deliver new enhanced business models.
  • Provide funding to review, reassess or revise strategic/business plans, mapping out a new future for your busines or organisation in light of emerging opportunities and challenges.
  • Support opportunities to test viability and the potential for new ways of working, including staff training.
  • Provide a source of small scale funding to enable businesses and organisations to deliver initiatives or reviews without having to utilise their own reserves.


The first round of funding will be open from 4 August 2020 and will close on 31 August 2020 (12 noon). Applications will be decided at the end of the round, applicants will be notified within 3 weeks if they are successful or not.

There will be a second round of funding opening on 1 September 2020 and closing on 30 September 2020 (12 noon), however it is advised to apply early. 


For more information, including guidance on how to apply, visit the South Downs National Park website.

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