Revi-VE Grant Fund

14 July 2021

The revi-VE grant fund is offering 100% grants of between £1,000 - £3,000 to visitor economy businesses.

The consortium behind the fund have designed the scheme to provide companies with financial investment to respond to the changed market conditions.  In addition, the consortium aims to encourage innovation and deliver long-term resilience.

Businesses in the visitor economy which have been hard-hit by hit by COVID-19, can use the funding to make changes to their business model or operations.

Businesses also need to be:

  • Micro, small or medium enterprises in the SELEP region (East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock).
  • Businesses operating primarily within the visitor economy including tourism, culture, leisure, events or hospitality.  This includes groups of businesses who missed out on previous government grants such as event organisers, tour operators, key supply chains and businesses without premises.
  • Viable businesses that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 with innovative ideas that will help to protect jobs in the visitor economy.
  • Businesses with project ideas that will help transition into the recovery phase and build resilience through innovative solutions and business adaptations.
  • Please note that as the focus is on innovation, expenditure should not be for business-as-usual costs or associated with implementing legally required social distancing or hygiene measures.

The grant scheme will open from 9:00 on Thursday 15 July 2021 and close at 23:59 on Sunday 18 July 2021.

The consortium expects the demand for the grants will be much higher than the total number available.

Before you start an application, please make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria.

The full eligibility criteria and details about how to apply are available on the SELEP website.

The Revi-VE grant is delivered by a consortium of visitor economy partners across the South East (Visit Kent, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Visit Essex, Sussex Modern, East Sussex County Council). It is part of a wider package of COVID-19 Recovery programmes, funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), investing directly in those areas across the South East most affected by the pandemic.