Culture and Tourism Funding

July 15, 2016

Culture and Tourism Funding Available from the Discover England Fund

Great Place Scheme
If you recognise the importance of culture in achieving your vision for your area, and want further information on how experts in the sector could support you to build this into your plans and policies, please look out for further announcements on this from Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England in July 2016.
Discover England Fund
In 2014 tourism was estimated to have generated almost £60 billion for the UK economy, however, over 50% of international visitor spend was in London. The Government wants to do more to encourage visitors to travel beyond the capital and discover England.
The Fund will be run in two rounds. Applications for Year 1 projects and pilots is now open. Round 2 will open in July 2016 and will fund partnerships to come together and deliver innovative and ambitious collaborative programmes of world-class product development over a two-year period. Further details can be found here:
Heritage Action Zones
A Heritage Action Zone is delivered in partnership by Historic England, the Local Authority and other relevant organisations. You may have an area of high deprivation where the condition of historic buildings and spaces has deteriorated due to vacancy. Alternatively, your area may be experiencing a significant level of development pressure that threatens its special character. A Heritage Action Zone will help local partners to work together to tackle these issues. Historic England will offer a range of services to support Heritage Action Zones. For more information see:

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact:

For any finance queries please contact:

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact:

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