Imaginative groups and individuals who believe they can raise Lincoln’s profile with exciting events have the chance to apply for a share of £50,000 to fund their idea.
The second phase of the Cultural Destinations Events Fund has been made available as a strand of the Arts Council England-funded Cultural Destinations Project in Lincoln.
Lincoln Business Improvement Group and Visit Lincoln, after securing the funds in January 2014, are inviting people to apply for a share and help Lincoln bring more visitors to the city.
The money will be allocated between now and the end of March 2016 to support events taking place in 2016-7.
Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager Emma Tatlow said the aim is to attract new audiences from a wider catchment area and raise Lincoln’s profile as a great cultural destination.
She 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.
“The fund can be used to support new cultural events that could benefit from this support to help them become established in the city, or existing events that can demonstrate these additional funds will help them reach new audiences and develop their offer.
“The aim is to really put Lincoln on the cultural map and start to attract staying visitors from further afield.”
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan added: “Lincoln already has a strong events and festivals programme, with over 300 event days every year – from farmers’, crafters’ and artists’ markets to The Beach in the summer and our Ice Skating Rink in the winter.
“This Cultural Destinations Development Fund money has already helped 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. ”
Those interested in applying for funding can discuss ideas and request application forms by contacting [email protected]
The Lincoln Cultural Arts Partnership is also hosting the second annual Lincoln Culture Conference, entitled Culture and Creativity for a Thriving City, at the Alive Conference Centre in Newland, Lincoln, on March 8, starting at 10am.
Anyone interested can book their place by clicking here.