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Council Services:

Culture and Heritage

These grants focus on the promotion, enhancement and maintenance of cultural heritage assets and events where this promotes growth in the tourism economy and:

Creates a sense of local identity through raised awareness of their importance; and/or

Helps protect cultural heritage features against damage and degradation.

Examples of the type of activities that could be funded are set out below.  For detailed information about eligibility criteria, the amount of funding you can apply for and how to submit an application please refer to the Wash Fens Applicant Handbook.

Who can apply:

  • Landowners;
  • Rural community groups;
  • Local authorities (in exceptional circumstances, where for example the local authority can show that the project and the funding required is in addition to their statutory requirement to provide this kind of activity and the project will be of benefit to farmers, landowners and/or rural communities).

What is eligible

  • The costs of construction and/or restoration of buildings and other physical assets, including general costs such as architects and engineering fees:
  • the costs to enhance, restore and upgrade the cultural and natural heritage of villages and rural landscapes and high nature value sites;
  • the conservation of small scale built heritage;
  • the costs to enhance cultural and community activities and investments to enhance venues providing cultural and heritage activity; and
  • the costs of events linked to cultural activity.

What isn’t covered

In addition to the standard list of ineligible costs which can’t be claimed (see Applicant Handbook, Pages 5 and 6) the following costs are not eligible under Rural Services:

  • Computers, software and printers that are used for the general running of a business, such as processing orders and accounts;
  • Salaries associated with the on-going running of projects
  • Access to broadband services;
  • Landscaping - unless it is part of ‘making good’ for an application for a major attraction or accommodation expansion. In which case, only the landscaping contractor’s fees would be eligible excluding the plants, seeds, turf or trees; and
  • Projects to meet statutory requirements for disabled access, fire regulations or emergency exits, unless the costs of providing access, exit and complying with regulations form part of the normal costs for a major expansion project.

How to apply


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Last updated: 3 June 2016

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