Cultural Events and Talent Programme (£4.4m)

Cultural Events and Talent Programme

Cultural Events and Talent Programme

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has an over reliance on tourism and this is concentrated in the summer months, putting a strain on both infrastructure and the environment. This seasonality also drives sectoral low productivity by curtailing year-round visitor spend. Primarily, activity in the Cultural Events and Talent Programme will seek to address this by creating sustainable jobs through generating more year-round, permanent, higher paid employment, and reducing the seasonal nature of the tourism sector and increasing visitor spend.

Total amount available: £4.4m

Project delivery timeframe: April 2022 – March 2025

Minimum grant award: £100,000

Maximum grant award: £1,000,000


Application deadlines:

Review point 1: 2nd September 2022 (closed)

Review point 2: 2nd December 2022 (closed)

Review point 3: 3rd April 2023

Review point 4 (final): 4th August 2023

The deadline for all applications is 5pm on the dates stated above.


We anticipate that this will be delivered by developing and promoting Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s unique culture, heritage and Creative Industries. The region is already regarded as a nationally significant creative cluster and has specialisms in Screen Industries, Theatre, Heritage, sporting events, art and conferences. Proposals could build on these specialisms and/or help places bid for and host international business, sector and industry events and conferences that support wider local growth sectors. Proposals may be designed to instigate annual occurrences ensuring that positive economic and social impacts are maintained over time. Where this is the case applications should demonstrate how this will be sustainable in future years.

We particularly welcome activity which seeks to develop growth and skills development through digital and immersive technology collaborations, further accelerating the growth of our CreaTech sector and associated skills development initiatives through new and targeted events and productions. Activity should increase high value national and international visitor spend and demonstrate cultural and artistic excellence through innovation and cutting-edge technology, enhancing the profile of Cornwall to domestic and international audiences as a place to visit, work or invest in at all times of the year.

For full details on the Cultural Events and Talent Programme Download the initiation form 

Next steps

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