Funding

There is a range of funding and support for tourism businesses looking to invest and develop in Kent:

  • Kent and Medway business fund - Offers 0% loans between £50,000 and £500,000 to small and medium sized businesses in Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling, and Tunbridge Wells.
  • LoCASE - an EU funded project to help business adapt to climate change and promote opportunities of the low-carbon market. Two types of grant funding (up to a maximum of £10k) that can be awarded to your organisation to improve business performance in terms of profitability, resilience and competitiveness, at the same time as contributing to the protection and preservation of the environment. This grant funding will form 40% of the cost of your eligible project, with the remaining 60% matched by your business.
  • East Kent LEADER and Kent Downs and Marshes LEADER - The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) LEADER Programme is a European Union rural funding approach, with grant funds available from late 2015 to December 2020. LEADER can provide grant investment between £2,500 and £50,000. The eligible areas cover parts of the administrative areas of: Swale, Canterbury, Thanet, Dover, Shepway, Ashford, Medway and Maidstone.