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Norfolk Tourism Support Grants

Funding support of £2.25m has been approved by the Norfolk Strategic Fund to provide a Tourism Sector Support Package. The project, which is led by Norfolk County Council in partnership with all seven district councils, Visit East of England and local DMOs, will help to support the tourism and hospitality sector through 3 key areas of focus:

  • Safe reopening of the vitally important tourism sector this year: immediate funding to purchase PPE & other equipment to enable business to welcome customers in a safe environment. Safe for residents – safe for visitors.
  • Improve presentation: cleanliness and hygiene of public space in key tourism locations; communication with visitors – know before you go; and increased staff presence relating to cleaning, marshalling and delivery of the tourism offer.
  • Recovery initiatives into 2021: longer term funding to support the extended season this year into early next year and support the strategic recovery plans for the destination.

Grant funds are available for eligible businesses and the following districts have funds which are open for applications:

 

New Job Support Programme Online Hub

Looking for work? Need support with skills or finance in your business? Looking for mental health and wellbeing resources?

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and New Anglia Growth Hub new Job Support Programme online hub brings details of job opportunities, training providers and support networks into one place, with an interactive support finder to help you find the information you need.

 

Covid-19 Benevolent Funds Open for Applications

The Covid-19 crisis has impacted every part of our cultural sector, with individual artists and freelancers particularly affected. Arts Council England are contributing £1 million each to the Theatre Artists Fund and Help Musicians’ Financial Hardship Funding programme.

Help Musicians
Help Musicians’ Financial Hardship fund, which launched in March, initially provided grants of £500 to over 16,700 musicians; it is now in Phase Two and providing monthly support from July to October to around 3,600 musicians. The latest ACE investment will be used as a challenge fund to support Help Musicians’ fundraising prior to the launch of Phase Three of its Financial Hardship Funding programme in November.
Apply Here

 

Free Norfolk County Council Coronavirus Toolkit for Businesses

Norfolk County Council’s Public Health team has produced a new toolkit to support local businesses. It includes the latest information and advice helping businesses understand and use NHS Test and Trace to play their part in controlling outbreaks of Coronavirus in Norfolk.

Alongside the toolkit, there are a variety of new resources for businesses to use. Posters and social media graphics are available on a wide range of topics from hand washing and social distancing, to scam and community support advice.

New resources will be added over the coming weeks, businesses can sign up here to receive an alert when new resources are added, and keep up to date with the most recent information.

 

Report on Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS Sectors published

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee says Covid-19 crisis presents biggest threat to UK’s cultural infrastructure, institutions and workforce in a generation.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the New Anglia Culture Board Covid-19 Impact Surveys, the results of which were fed into the DCMS Impact Inquiry

Read the report here.

 

£2bn ‘Kickstart Scheme’ Announced to Create More Jobs for Young People

Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up. It is intended to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people.

A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships.

Click here for more information.

 

Norfolk & Suffolk’s Creative & Cultural Sector COVID-19 Survey Results

We are pleased to share the results of the New Anglia Culture Board second regional survey on the impact of COVID-19 on our regional creative and cultural sector. We received 195 completed responses – thank you so much for all your helpful contributions and for sharing the survey with your networks.

COVID-19 Impact Survey 2 Results

We plan to continue to distribute the survey every 4 – 6 weeks and questions will be refined /added as the situation continues to change. We very much welcome your feedback and suggestions for new questions.

As part of the ongoing advocacy for our region in these very tough times, the results from the current survey will also be fed into the DCMS COVID-19 Impact Inquiry.