Events and festival organisers are urged to help Lincoln attract more visitors and strengthen the city’s cultural offer, by bidding for a share of £75,000 in funding.
The Cultural Destinations Development Fund has been made available as a key strand of the Arts Council England-funded Cultural Destinations project in Lincoln.
Now Lincoln BIG and Visit Lincoln, which were successful in securing this money in January 2014, are inviting organisations and individuals to apply for a share and help Lincoln to bring many more visitors to the city, in 2015 and beyond.
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.
A total of £75,000 is available. Applicants will be awarded up to £10,000 for their event, but that amount must not exceed 20 per cent of the total budget for their individual event. The money will be allocated between now and June 2016.
An additional fund has been made available to support new events and festivals.
“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,” said Emma.
“The aim is to really put Lincoln on the cultural map and start to attract staying visitors from further afield.
“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.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your ideas and request an application form.
Main Image: An expert panel discusses Lincoln's cultural offer at the Cultural Lincoln conference held on February 3rd 2015.