Tourism, leisure, cultural and hospitality businesses in West Norfolk are being urged to apply for grants to help pay for and implement measures to trade safely and extend their normal operating season.

There are two schemes available, the tourism adaptation business fund and the autumn and winter adaptation business fund. 

Each has a £45,000 funding pot and eligible businesses can apply for a maximum of £3,000 from each fund. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis 

Businesses must employ fewer than 50 people, trading must be based in the borough and they must operate in the tourism, hospitality, leisure and cultural sectors (accommodation is excluded).

Under the tourism business adaptation grant, businesses must not have claimed other specific grant funding to support re-opening activities. With this fund, businesses can claim a grant to recompense them for up to 50 per cent of the expenditure on adaptations and interventions to comply with COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene requirements. 

It will close on Friday, September 11 and eligible expenses include barriers, signage, improved waiting areas, sanitiser stations, protective screens and additional personal protective equipment to keep staff safe.

The autumn and winter adaptation fund is designed to provide support to businesses making adaptations to extend their season.  Funding for up to 50 per cent of costs for providing interventions such as windbreaks, insulation, online ticketing, and temporary structures for keeping visitors dry. This scheme closes on Friday, October 9.

West Norfolk Council deputy leader Elizabeth Nockolds said the schemes were part of a Norfolk-wide package to help smaller businesses to keep clients safe.

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