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 professional development programme for developing cultural leaders in Norfolk & Suffolk

Apply by Monday 21 September 2020

Develop your leadership skills and use your experience to create real positive change in the community.

Collaboration: Place: Change is a new leadership programme designed for developing cultural leaders who live or work in Norfolk & Suffolk. The ten-month experience is designed to complement your day-to-day work. Through a combination of short residentials and online learning you will significantly enhance your professional understanding and take your career to the next level.

The Collaboration: Place: Change programme is managed by the National Centre for Writing on behalf of the New Anglia LEP Culture Board, and delivered in partnership with the Achates Philanthropy, Clore Leadership and the University of East Anglia.

For more information and to apply click here.


NessFest 2020 Youth Arts Festival – Artist and Workshop Facilitators Opportunity

Lowestoft Rising are looking for highly skilled artists and creative practitioners based in and around Lowestoft to be part of this year’s NessFest Youth Arts Festival; to lead and run virtual workshops and/or virtual performances, demonstrations and Q&A sessions.

NessFest is a free one-day Youth Arts Festival which takes place in October half term exclusively for young people who live in and around Lowestoft. This year the festival will run virtually on 27 October 2020, with free online workshops, virtual tours and performances all taking place ‘live’ via the Lowestoft Rising website and youtube channel.

The NessFest Youth Group are keen to hear ideas from different artists about how they might contribute to a virtual NessFest and engage young people with the arts. For further information download the NessFest Artist Brief

Deadline for applications is midnight on 13th September 2020.


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.

Theatre Artists Fund
This fund offers easy access individual grants of £1000 for freelance professional theatre workers, and has supported 1,600 creative practitioners to date. ACE funding will support Round 2 of the fund, which opens for applications on Thursday 27 August and runs for two weeks.
Apply Here

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


New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership RESTART Business Recovery Festival

Sign up for your free place at the RESTART business recovery festival.

You’ll have access to two days of free, virtual business support, training and advice on 29 & 30 September
The festival is free to watch and the programme is packed with training sessions from business leaders, new ideas and inspiring stories.

For a free place, just click here and complete the form. You’ll then receive programme updates and the links for the live streams.


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.