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Local businesses tourism contribution 2020/21

The 2021/22 Local business tourism contribution grant will open in early May 2021. Please keep checking the websites for updates on application open dates.

Are you a tourism business, or an industry group or organisation linked to the tourism sector? Do you have a great new idea that you’d love to do but need some financial help to do it?

The North York Moors National Park Authority is offering grants to tourism businesses, and voluntary and collaborative groups, to support projects which will raise the profile of the North York Moors area.

What is the Local businesses tourism contribution?

As a result of the development of the Woodsmith Mine near Whitby, a s106 agreement has been secured to provide compensation and mitigation against any negative impacts on the tourism economy of the North York Moors as a result of the development. One of these contributions is a fund to support local tourism business to develop new products and services that showcase the North York Moors and its special qualities.

What kind of project does the contribution support?

Projects must contribute to all of the following priorities:

1. Increase awareness of the North York Moors National Park and/or the wider North York Moors area
(and ensure that the North York Moors is referenced as part of the project activity)
2. Use the area’s local distinctiveness and special qualities for the benefit of visitors
3. Ensure that any increase in visitors is sustainable and that its activities:

  • Must not have an adverse impact on the area's tranquillity or the natural and historic environment
  • Must not disturb vulnerable or protected wildlife
  • Should have the support of the local communities relevant to the project.

We will NOT fund a one-off event or project; it must have a life beyond the funding period.

What kind of project does the funding support?

The North York Moors Tourism Network is working with businesses to find new ways for visitors to appreciate the North York Moors, by creating bookable experiences and activities, and developing new packages and ways to generate more revenue. It is expected that some of these ideas will go on to generate project submissions to this scheme. Therefore priority will be given to those that have joined and are participating actively in the North York Moors Tourism Network.

The contribution is open to individuals, businesses, and other organisations, with priority given to collaborative projects, which will benefit the area as a whole, and those with wider community gains.

Particular focus includes encouraging outdoor activities through our activity friendly schemes. Accommodation providers, retailers, activity specialists and hospitality businesses can all join to become cycling, dark skies, nature or walking friendly. Considerations could include installing drying facilities, secure bike lockers, wildlife watching/dark sky equipment. This excludes the purchase of standard bikes for hire but can include e-bikes, where they will serve markets not currently catered for.

Priority will be given to exceptional and innovative ideas, rather than simply the production of standard print material.

What are the criteria?
  • Projects must be within the North York Moors, Hills and Coast area (matching the geographic area of a LEADER Programme 2008-2013). If you are located outside the National Park boundary (but within the North York Moors, Hills and Coast area), you must be able to demonstrate clear links to the North York Moors and show that your project will have a positive impact upon the National Park. Note funding is aimed at rural businesses - Scarborough town falls outside the North York Moors, Hills and Coast area and is NOT eligible.
  • Your project must meet all the priorities above
  • Your project must show clear value for money
  • Priority will be given to collaborative projects and to those that have joined the North York Moors Tourism Network (no charge to participate)
  • Projects will be funded between 50% and 70%, with collaborations and the voluntary sector attracting higher awards
  • Awards will not generally exceed £10,000 (higher grants may be considered for exceptional projects)
  • Your project must be completed by 1 April 2021.

Applications must only include activity which is considered 'new' i.e. working with new partners, targeting new markets, developing new products/packages or new business start-ups. Existing groups/businesses must ensure their project demonstrates development or progression from previous activity undertaken. More information is available in the Guidance for Applicants document which can be downloaded below.

Interested in applying?

Please contact our Product Development and Marketing Executive, Laura Barr ( for an informal discussion about your application. If your project is eligible, you will be sent an application form to complete and return with relevant quotes for work.

Please note it is a competitive assessment process and all eligible projects will be assessed by National Park Authority Officers and verified by the Director of Conservation & Polyhalite Projects. Applications will be considered throughout the year. However, applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis and, as the fund is limited, you are strongly advised to submit your form as early as possible.

How do I claim my grant?

To claim your grant please complete a Claim Form and submit this to the National Park Authority, along with receipted invoices and any other supporting information required by 1 April 2021 at the latest. The Claim Form can be requested by e-mail to

Please post your completed Claim Form and supporting information to Laura at the Helmsley Office.

Information to download

Guidance for Applicants (word document)

Guidance for Applicants (pdf document)

Local distinctiveness and tourism grant scheme

Unfortunately the Local distinctiveness and tourism grant is on hold this financial year. We are likely to be running the scheme again from 1 April 2022 and will provide updates on this later in the year. The guidelines for the 2019 scheme are shown below; these are likely to change in 2022 but will give a flavour of the support provided.

Information to download

Local Distinctiveness Tourism Grant Guidelines (pdf)