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Restart and Recovery, and Kickstarting Tourism Grant Fund


Restart and Recovery, and Kickstarting Tourism Grant Fund

The Restart and Recovery & Kickstarting Tourism Grants have been created specifically to help SMEs in the Solent LEP area to adapt and diversify in response to the impacts of Covid-19, with at least £157,000 ring-fenced to support the visitor economy.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), eligible SMEs can access grants of between £1,000 - £3,000 (and up to £5,000 in exceptional circumstances). All grants will cover 100% of the cost of the product or service applied for, with no requirement for match-funding.

Examples of eligible expenditure on professional services include:

Grants may also be used to purchase minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify. For example, a tourism business may need to purchase a second cash register to enable adequate social distancing in its gift shop.  Other examples of potentially eligible expenditure on equipment (where a Covid-19 related impact can be demonstrated) could include:

Round one of the Fund will close once 1,000 applications have been received, or one week from its launch on 16 September, whichever is the sooner. Should 1,000 applications not be received, round one will close at 11:59 pm on 23 September 2020. The 1,001st application or applications received after 11:59 pm on 23 September 2020 will not be considered.

Please note that we expect application levels to be high so we strongly encourage you to apply now, during round one. There may be further funding rounds but this will be entirely dependent on how much is distributed in the first round.

Before completing the application form below, please read the Technical Guidance. In that document you will find full details including the eligibility criteria and the decision-making process.

Please note all applications will be required to provide three quotes for the services or items they are seeking grant support for.  Applications that do not provide three quotes cannot be progressed

Quick Eligibility Checklist:

The following form is designed to ask a set of questions - if the answers given to any of these does not fit the eligibility requirements, you will be redirected and supported to find alternative options.

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