Visitor economy businesses in Derbyshire are encouraged to apply for business support grants of up to £10,000 to rebuild their business and develop valuable digital assets in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Please note: Our Business Grants Scheme has been temporarily suspended due to high demand. We are currently processing all applications and will provide updates if further funding is available.

Our Business Grants Scheme can support a range of activities such as website development, new photography, the creation of virtual tours and the implementation of cashless payment systems to help your business bounce back and drive the recovery of the sector.

The grant programme is part of our European Regional Development Fund project and has been recently updated to reflect new business needs that have emerged as a result of the current climate.

Alongside digitalisation, grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are also available in the following areas:

  • Accessibility – e.g. accessible equipment and facilities for people with disabilities.
  • Environmental – e.g. electric car charging points, e-bikes or a water system for use by visitors that replaces the need for plastic bottles.
  • Cycling – e.g. secure cycle storage and maintenance equipment for use by visitors.
  • Internationalisation – e.g. website translation or the implementation of online booking/cashless payment systems to encourage international visitors.

Businesses applying for the funding must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be part of the visitor economy and its supply chain, including sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.
  • They must be located in Derbyshire.
  • They must have less than 250 employees.
  • They will need to demonstrate how the grant funding will help their business to become more competitive and support the area's wider visitor economy.

Successful applicants will receive a 50% grant towards the cost of the overall project, with a minimum 50% grant contribution being £1,000 and the maximum £10,000.

The grants are just one way that Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire is supporting local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. We are also offering a programme of fully-funded workshops and webinars tailored to the visitor economy, the details of which are available on our Coronavirus Guidance page.