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Malvern Hills Town Centre Support Scheme

This scheme has now closed for new applications and will reopen in 2022. The aim of the scheme is to support independent traders within the five town centres of the Malvern Hills district during the recovery stage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eligible businesses can apply for a 50% match-funded grant of up to £1500 towards one, or a combination, of the following grants:

  • Shop front Improvements
  • Security Measures
  • Marketing & Rebranding
  • Digital Activity

Malvern Festival Development 2022 - Expressions of Interest

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from event organisers and arts organisations to develop and run two new festivals in Malvern which will be launched in Spring 2022 and Autumn 2022. These new events will be supported with a grant from Malvern Hills District Council.

The events should aim to:

  • increase visitor numbers and overnight stays across The Malverns.
  • improve footfall in and around Malvern (additional projects will take place for Tenbury Wells and Upton upon Severn)
  • encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more money in the local economy.
  • encourage residents to rediscover the town centres after the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • encourage repeat visits and disperse footfall around the area.
  • engage with local artists/musicians/performers to create an authentic experience.
  • attract headlining acts to raise the profile of each festival.
  • identify ways to make the festival/s self-funding in the future.

 

Expressions of interest can be made for one or both of the festivals, but proposals need to be separate from one another.

Festival One – Arts and Music

This will take place the same weekend as one of our regular arts markets. We would like the festival to take place across two weekends, making it a 9 day festival. Exact dates are to be confirmed.

Your proposal for this event should show how you will:

  • engage with multiple venues across Malvern to develop the programme through umbrella marketing, including venues in Great Malvern (GM), Malvern Link (ML) and Barnards Green (BG) – Malvern Theatres, Coach House Theatre, Theatre of Small Convenience, Malvern Cube, Elmslie House, Morgan, West Malvern Social Club, The Old Con Club, Brave Gallery, Malvern Library, Victoria Park, Priory Park etc
  • engage with local community groups and schools
  • host outdoor arts and music activities across the three centres – GM, ML and BG
  • develop a programme of arts and music events and activities for all ages – including the travelling music bus for children and possibly, light/art installations
  • explore the possibility of branding it and relaunching Malvern Fringe Festival
  • take the lead on an Arts Council applications to support the festival development
  • attract some leading names to take part in the festival
  • ensure there is diversity in the programme with performances from people from different ethnic minorities and backgrounds
  • Provide a risk assessment and be responsible for health and safety at the festival

In return, Malvern Hills District Council will provide:

  • a £10,000 grant in Year 1. Additional funding can be applied for to help cover stewarding/security costs and portable toilets if required
  • depot staff on hand to help with bins, litter picking etc
  • marketing support via the Visit The Malverns (VTM) and Malvern Hills DC channels – TravMedia, Press and PR, VTM Website, VTM Social Media, TICs etc
  • design and print are offered as optional extras
  • free use of Priory Park.
  • letter of support for Arts Council bid

Festival Two – Book/Storytelling Festival

This should take place in Autumn 2022 over one weekend. Date to be confirmed. 

Your proposal should show how you will:

  • explore whether the festival could be themed – JRR Tolkien, C.S Lewis, fantasy etc.
  • develop a storytelling and activity programme for all ages
  • take the lead on an Arts Council application to support the festival development
  • attract some leading names to take part in the festival
  • host outdoor activities across the three centres (Great Malvern, Malvern Link and Barnards Green) to create an immersive experience – window trails, street-performances, comedy walkabouts, storytelling, book signings, art/story installations, book market, themed-walks, outdoor theatre, Tolkien art loaned from the Bodleian Library in Oxford (an aspiration for future years) etc
  • engage with multiple venues across Malvern to develop the programme through umbrella marketing, including venues in Great Malvern, Malvern Link and Barnards Green – Malvern Theatres, Coach House Theatre, Theatre of Small Convenience, Malvern Cube, Elmslie House, Morgan, West Malvern Social Club, The Old Con Club, Brave Gallery, Malvern Library, Victoria Park, Priory Park etc
  • engage with local community groups and schools
  • ensure there is diversity in the programme with authors and performances from different ethnic minorities and backgrounds
  • Provide a risk assessment and be responsible for health and safety at the festival

In return, Malvern Hills District Council will provide:

  • a £10,000 grant in Year 1
  • depot staff on hand to help with bins, litter picking etc
  • marketing support via the Visit The Malverns (VTM) and Malvern Hills DC channels – TravMedia, Press and PR, VTM Website, VTM Social Media, TICs etc
  • design and print are offered as optional extras
  • free use of Priory Park.
  • letter of support for Arts Council bid

How to apply

If you are interested in providing an Expression of Interest, please submit a proposal which is no longer than two-sides of A4 by no later than Friday 3 September 2021.

Please include the following information:

  • Name, address and contact details
  • overview of the type of activities and performances – how would you approach it?
  • relevant skills and experience – please provide evidence of previous event development projects.
  • timescales for project delivery.
  • any additional support required.

If you want to ask any questions before submitting your application, then please contact Victoria Carman on 01684 862483 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upskilling Bursary Scheme

We can help you access work and training opportunities through our Upskilling Bursary Scheme. We provide up to £500 a year to help with travel costs and up to £300 for equipment and clothing. 

Find out more about our Upskilling Bursary Scheme.

Upskilling grant

Our new Upskilling Grant provides funding to help your business with the cost of apprenticeships and other training schemes. 

Visit our upskilling and training page for more information.

Malvern Hills Enterprise Scheme

The aim of the scheme is to support new and young businesses in the Malvern Hills district. The scheme will encourage the occupation of vacant commercial premises, help regenerate town centres, stimulate entrepreneurship, create new jobs, and enhance the sustainability of new businesses.

Pre-start businesses and new businesses that have been trading less than 36 months can apply for a grant of up to £500, or up to £1,000 if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • The business is in or moving into premises that are liable to business rates
  • The business employs or will employ 2 or more FTE employees (in addition to the applicant)
  • The business operates in the low carbon economy
  • The grant will be used towards expenditure that supports the business’ environmental sustainability

The grant must be match-funded, pound for pound (at least), from the business’s own resources. Only capital expenditure on an approved project/investment is eligible.

Find out more and apply for the scheme.

Enterprising Worcestershire Grant

Enterprising Worcestershire is a grant fund that has been designed to create new jobs or contribute to an increase in turnover in start-up and early stage enterprises. The fund offers grants of £1,000 up to £15,000, representing 40% of the total project costs.

If you are a Worcestershire based business, and meet all the eligibility criteria below you may wish to apply for the Enterprising Worcestershire Grant Fund.

  • Worcestershire based Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s)
  • Trading for less than 36 months at the point of application
  • Meet the De Minimis State Aid regulations
  • Be trading at least 70% Business to Business
  • Organisations must be able to provide evidence of the availability of funding for the project (60% provided by SME)

Some items such as recurring revenue costs are not eligible for grant funding.

Proof of Concept 

Worcestershire ‘Proof of Concept’ has been designed to support local businesses to develop innovative new products and processes. Support is offered to applicants that aim to investigate, advance, protect and commercialise early stage innovative business ideas. The principal objective of the Proof of Concept fund is to encourage SME investment in innovation, creating products and services that are new to the company or new to the market.

The programme offers grants of up to £30,000, representing 40% of the total project costs. All costs must be external to the company and are claimed retrospectively. Worcestershire County Council delivers the grant fund in partnership with Central Technology Belt. Find out more information about Proof of Concept.

Business Energy Efficiency Programme

Up to £20,000 available to help you lower your energy bill!

The Business Energy Efficiency Programme offers free energy efficiency assessments which could lead to grants for businesses who wish to use their energy more efficiently, reducing costs and improving environmental credentials.

Find out more about the Business Energy Efficiency Programme.

Low Carbon Opportunities Programme

FREE low carbon innovation and renewable energy generation support and grants available!

The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme has two distinct strands:

  1. Renewable Energy Generation – supporting businesses to consider and install technologies such as Solar PV and Battery Storage, Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps, Biomass and Combined Heat and Power.
  2. Innovation for Low Carbon – helping businesses develop and commercialise products and services that will save carbon. This can be around market testing, demonstration products, prototypes, manufacturing scale up, intellectual property rights etc.

The new programme will provide 80 Assists in Worcestershire and £1,040,000 grant funding to businesses (includes £200,000 for Shropshire SMEs).  

Businesses will receive a free assist followed by the option to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 at 40% intervention rate.

For information about the programme visit – www.business-central.co.uk/locop which has a range of case studies or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Rural businesses can claim up to £3,500 to upgrade their broadband to a Gigabit capable connection (without the need for a match funding contribution). Find out more about the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme