Culture, Leisure and Tourism Fund - Successful Applicants

The Culture, Leisure and Tourism Fund – funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Rural England Prosperity Fund–provided grants to either community organisations seeking to decarbonise their operations or tourism businesses looking to decarbonise or improve the accessibility of their premises above statutory requirements. Community organisations could apply for up to £20,000 with a requirement of 10% match funding and tourism businesses could apply for up to £5,000 with a 50% match funding requirement. The 23 successful projects are listed below.

Rural Culture and Leisure


Grant Award

Axe Yacht Club


Axe Yacht Club enables the enjoyment of water-based activities and serves as a social space for communities near the mouth of the River Axe. They received funding to have battery storage added to an existing solar photovoltaic array.

Axminster Town Council


Axminster Guildhall is an arts, culture, entertainment and community venue that provides amenity for a catchment area of over 20,000 residents. They received funding to purchase and install solar PV and a battery storage system.

Beer Sailing Club


Beer Sailing Club provides sailing for all levels of experience and provide wider support to the community with a warm space initiative, improvements to beach access, the provision of a defibrillator and involvement in numerous charitable events in the village.  They were awarded funding for solar panels and battery storage to facilitate the switch from gas water heating to solar electric and significantly reduce external energy consumption across the site.

Budleigh Salterton Arts Centre and Museum


Budleigh Salterton Arts Centre and Museum collects, conserves, and displays the history and heritage of Budleigh Salterton and the Parishes of the lower Otter Valley. They were awarded funding to convert all non-LED lighting  to LED.

Honiton Community Complex – The Beehive


The Beehive is an award-winning community venue in Honiton, East Devon, with a programme of live events, cinema & space for community activities, performing arts, visual art exhibitions, workshops, meetings and conferences. They received funding to replace all their current light bulbs and light fittings with LED light fixtures and bulbs. 


Honiton Community Spaces (CUB)


Honiton Community Spaces offers an accessible space to help their community, with users including youth clubs and volunteer organisations. They have received funding to improve the building infrastructure and replace their current wood/single glazed windows with improved fixtures and double glazing.

Pinhoe Target Shooting Club


Pinhoe Target Shooting Club aims to improve and expand the shooting facilities in the region. They received funding to install blanket insulation in all loft spaces in their ranges and communal spaces.

The Community Waffle House


The Community Waffle House is a not-for-profit café and community space that hosts local clubs, events, and aims to reduce social isolation in the Axminster area. They were awarded a grant to install solar PV on their roof.

Woodbury Village Hall  


Woodbury Village Hall is a community hall  available for hire by local groups or individuals for meetings, sport, social gatherings and education courses. Woodbury Village Hall received funding to for solar panels on their  roof.

Sustainable Tourism

Bumble and Bee


Bumble and Bee is a hospitality business in Exmouth with a focus on building community and improving the tourism offer in East Devon.  Awarded grant supports the development of an accessible outdoor garden offering improved wheelchair users experience.    

Castlewood Vineyard


Castlewood Vineyard, a boutique vineyard near Musbury, received funding to install solar panels to reduce the carbon footprint of their wine tasting room and event space.

Devon County Agricultural Association (Westpoint)


Westpoint is the SW's largest indoor arena, hosting a variety of conferences, exhibitions and events throughout the year attracting large number of local residents and tourists. They received funding to improve their disabled toilet facilities to accommodate a range of needs based on user feedback and requests.

Gateway Theatre Company


The Gateway Theatre provides performing arts and cultural activities to the Seaton area. They have received a grant to replace the lighting throughout the building with LEDs.

Heron Ventures Ltd


Heron Farm is a vineyard with a cafe and farm shop on site. They have received support to install an 18kw array of solar panels on the roof of their tractor shed on site to power their café.

Larch Barn Holiday Cottage


Larch Barn provides holiday accommodation for guests within 17 acres of natural woodland and meadows. The funding received will be used for the installation of solar system with a solar battery to replace the electrical supply from the grid.

Mazzard Farm


Mazzard Farm offers holiday accommodation set within acres of woodland and orchards. They generate around 10,000 kWh solar power annually through existing solar PV, and have received funding to install a solar PV battery storage system.

Hill View


Hill View is a self-catered holiday accommodation near Colyton. They have been awarded funding to install solar panels with battery storage to support the air source heat pump in providing heat and electricity to the property.

Pooh Cottage Holiday Park


Pooh Cottage provides pitches for both seasonal and touring caravans, motor homes and tents. They have received funding to install an EV charging point and an electric bike charging point with enough solar panels to generate the power required to operate the points.

Red Rock Leisure Ltd


Red Rock are a campsite and a wedding venue who are already on their decarbonisation journey. They have received funding to install solar PV on their site.

Smallicombe Farm


Smallicombe Farm provides self-catering accommodation within a family-run farm setting. Existing Biomass heating system that provides heating and hot water to the whole site .  They received funding to improve the efficiency of the heating system by adding a Solar Thermal system to supplement the Biomass and reduce their reliance on fuel.

Thorn Golf and Leisure Centre


Thorn Golf and Leisure Centre  is a nine-hole golf course, driving range, and a musical and wedding venue. They were awarded funding to put solar PV on the roof of their centre.

Webbers Park


Webbers Park are a holiday park with static caravans available for rent and pitches for hire for tents, tourers and motorhomes. They received a grant to place a solar panel on the roof of the park laundry building (where the park linen is washed), to help decarbonise their business.

Withycombe Rugby Football Club


Withycombe Rugby Football Club provide rugby facilities for men, women, and children , as well as facilities for social events, dance classes, , Yoga, Bingo and School Sports Days. Having installed solar panels, they  received a grant to install a storage battery to utilise all the energy produced on site.