£75k up for grabs to help increase Lincoln’s tourism

To help attract more visitors to Lincoln, events and festival organisers are urged to put their bid in for a share of £75,000 funding.

In an aim to attract new audiences from a wider catchment area and raise Lincoln’s profile as a great cultural destination, Lincoln Big and Visit Lincoln were successful in securing this money in January 2014. The Cultural Destinations Development Fund has been made available as a key strand of the Arts Council England-funded Cultural Destinations Project in Lincoln.

Applicants will be awarded up to £10,000 for their event, but that amount must not exceed 20% of the total budget for their individual event. The money will be allocated between now and June 2016.

An additional fund has also been made available to support new events and festivals.

Emma Tatlow, Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager, said: “Events and festivals form a really important part of the city’s offer. Local residents and day visitors benefit and this fund offers an opportunity to further enhance our existing events programme.”

“We need to look at ways to boost Lincoln’s offer, raise the profile of the city and attract new visitors to further grow our visitor economy that already contributes so much to the city, including financial and employment benefits for local people and businesses.

Matt Corrigan, Lincoln BIG Chief Executive, said: “Lincoln already has a strong events and festivals programme, with over 300 event days every year – from farmers’, crafts’ and artists’ markets to The Beach in the summer and our Ice Skating Rink in the winter.

“But, this Cultural Destinations Development Fund money will help to further grow some of Lincoln’s events, so that we have a wider impact and make the city an even better place for people living and working here, or simply visiting.”

To apply for funding help, please contact Charlotte@visitlincoln.com to discuss ideas and request an application form.