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Tourism Events Support Programme :
1998 - 1999

With the continuing decline in agriculture across the Region and the recent job losses in the manufacturing sector, the importance of tourism local economy cannot be underestimated. Indeed, almost 10% of the Region's workforce is employed in the tourism sector. In line with the Region's Tourism strategy, Groundbase is supporting the industry with a range of programmes designed to consolidate and enhance existing operations as well as encouraging and developing new initiatives to attract an increasing number of visitors to the area.

During 1995-1997, the various projects run under this programme provided substantial support for the development of tourism accommodation, catering, attraction enhancement, new technology support and sectoral development schemes. More details of this are available in Tourism Development : 1995-1997.

This page details current programmes and illustrates them with recent case studies.


Aimed at local Community Groups or Associations, this assists with the costs of staging significant new events such as music festivals, art and craft events or historical re-enactments, with the intention of attracting visitors to the area and raising the profile of the local community. Discretionary grants of up to 50% may be awarded (to a maximum of £ 5,000 Pounds Sterling).

Aims of the TESP Programme :

Eligible Groups :

  • Community Groups.
  • Associations.
  • Other Organisations.

Examples of Eligible Projects :

  • Music Festivals.
  • Arts and Crafts Events.
  • Historical Re-enactments.
  • Touring Groups in Europe.

Discretionary Grants :

  • Up to 50% (excluding Value Added Tax).
  • Maximum grant value £ 5,000.
  • Minimum grant value £ 500.

Comments :

  • To support significant new events.
  • Need to demonstrate local economic benefits.

Case Studies :

Creetown Country Music Festival :
Funding under the Tourism Events Support Programme to assist in the costs of staging the second year of this annual event.

Also see : EVENTS DIARY 1998.

and this year : EVENTS DIARY 1999. The GAELFORCE PROGRAMME and LANGHOLM FESTIVAL both received advertising funding from Groundbase.
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