The visitor economy is a vital part of the Oxfordshire economy, and the launch of this new grant scheme will help to kick-start this industry post-pandemic.


What is the OxLEP Business Visitor Economy Grant Scheme?

The OxLEP Business-led Visitor Economy Grant Scheme is a part of a wider OxLEP Visitor Economy Renaissance Programme, which is being supported through funding secured by OxLEP via the government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund.

The programme aims to back the sector’s ongoing re-emergence from Covid-19 through a variety of positive interventions, with the new grant scheme providing funds to eligible businesses, with grants ranging from £5,000 to £24,999 per business.

As an industry significantly-affected by the pandemic, through the new programme, OxLEP will provide a concerted level of support to the visitor economy, strengthening the sector post-pandemic, as well as maintaining and retaining consumer confidence for the industry.

Grants are available to Oxfordshire based businesses, with a primary function in one of the following sectors – tourism, culture, arts, heritage, leisure, events or hospitality.

This scheme will help businesses to attract more visitors into Oxfordshire, and to attract maximum value from those visitors. In doing so, it will help to boost the visitor economy and maintain consumer confidence post-pandemic.

Webinar: Announcing OxLEP Business' Visitor Economy Grant Scheme (14 July)

This brand-new grant scheme, set to assist the recovery of Oxfordshire’s visitor economy, was announced by OxLEP Business on 14 July at a special webinar.

Hosted by the OxLEP Business team, the online event outlined key aspects, dates and criteria in-relation to the Visitor Economy Grant Scheme.

Further Information of the Visitor Economy Grant Scheme:

OxLEP Business will deliver the £500,000 visitor economy grant scheme. It will be open to eligible businesses across two funding rounds – one in October this year and the second expected in April 2023, should funding still be available.

To register your interest in the grant scheme please complete our Business Support Tool via the below link and if you have any questions, please email: [email protected].

You can also find out more details via the below, downloadable grant scheme form.

For more information on our business programmes get in touch with the OxLEP Business team today.