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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website

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Funding is being provided to building owners, freeholders and registered providers of social housing to meet the cost of removing unsafe cladding on residential blocks of flats in England that do not comply with building regulations.
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Emergency grants are available for small to medium-sized charities and social enterprise organisations in England to help them continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.
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One-off grants for projects supporting people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Grants are available for registered charities to support legal action that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of Covid-19.
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Grants are available for smaller registered charities across the UK that are working with some of the older people hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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The funding application for charity organisations that help victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence to receive emergency funding during COVID-19 is now open.
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The Culture Secretary has announced that £150 million will be taken from dormant bank and building society accounts to help support the UK’s charities and social enterprises whose work has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
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We have an exciting update. As well as our own National Lottery funding we’re delighted that we are distributing funding on behalf of the Government to support communities through COVID-19. Applications will open Friday 22 May, at 10am.
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Grants are available for smaller registered charities across the UK that are working with some of the older people hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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Applications are now being accepted for larger grants to cover emergency costs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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Businesses will soon be able to benefit from larger loans to help them survive the coronavirus downturn.
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Grants are available for voluntary organisations that are working in the criminal justice system in England and Wales to support their vital work during coronavirus/COVID-19.
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Funding is available for organisations in England and Wales to support interventions targeting children aged 10-14 who are at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and to build up knowledge of what works to prevent this happening.
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Community and volunteer groups, town councils and individuals can continue to apply for funding to increase tree numbers in urban areas of England, through small scale planting projects.
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The Government's £500 million Future Fund is now open for applications, with innovative and high-growth businesses able to secure investment to help them through the coronavirus outbreak.
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New funding for community-based charities and charities supporting the most vulnerable across the UK.
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Grants are available for voluntary organisations that are working in the criminal justice system in England and Wales to support their vital work during coronavirus/COVID-19.
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The grants are up to £10,000 a time, and groups that use Crowdfunder to raise money can apply for match funding of 50 per cent
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Interest-free loans are being provided for electrical waste treatment facilities in the UK and grants are also available for UK charity-sector reuse organisations
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A new loan scheme for smaller UK firms in need of financial support to weather the coronavirus crisis is now open to applications.
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The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support long-term viable small and medium-sized businesses in the UK to access bank lending and overdrafts, responding to cash-flow pressures caused by the coronavirus.
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The Government has launched a fund for England's zoos and aquariums in the latest measure designed to protect businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Our Strategic Fund is a rare opportunity for researchers to develop original and challenging ideas, to work collaboratively across disciplines, and to influence social policy in a period of rapid change and uncertainty for our society. Funding is available to universities, research institutes, think tanks and voluntary organisations isupport multidisciplinary projects with the potential for lasting and significant impact.
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Football clubs and organisations in England and Wales can apply for grants to get their natural and artificial grass pitches ready for when the Government’s coronavirus/COVID-19 advice allows football to start being played again.
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Funding for Homes England investment partners, including housing associations, local authorities, private sector developers and community groups in England (outside of London) to free up hostel and refuge spaces for rough sleepers and those in hostel accommodation.
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Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from next week.
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The Sport & Physical Activity Partnership
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Emergency funding is available for frontline homelessness charitable organisations who are directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Grants are on offer to small firms across the UK, supporting them through the difficulties they are experiencing because of the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Grants are available for frontline organisations, grassroots groups and community groups across the UK that are working to redress the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 and systemic racism on communities of colour.
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Through this coronavirus business innovation support package, grants and loans are available for existing Innovate UK award holders, coupled with additional business advisory support services.
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Sky Media is helping small businesses, suffering because of the coronavirus outbreak, with TV advertising campaigns worth £10,000.
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Grants to support the running costs of small community-based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK to help people to make positive changes in their lives.
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Support is being offered to those working in the background within the film, TV and cinema industries who wish to help others in the sector who are struggling through the downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
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One-off grants to help the swimming and aquatics community deal with the impact and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Nominate a charity to win a donation of £1,000 to support work that will make a real difference in the community.
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Funding is available for artists and freelancers, operating in Northern Ireland and England’s visual arts sector, who are suffering financially because of the effects coronavirus is having on their industry.
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A bursary has opened, aimed at helping a new comedy writer or writing partnership to develop a script for broadcast consideration.
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Large grants are available for national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections in England so that they can continue and adapt their work.
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A government grant worth up to £7,500 will be paid on one lump sum to sole traders and freelancers who have been unable to work during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic across the UK.
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A government fund for dairy farmers in England, affected by a fall in demand for milk products because of the coronavirus pandemic, will open imminently.
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Barclays' one-off £10 million fund will support 100 UK registered charities with an annual income of more than £1 million to help with coronavirus/COVID-19 relief efforts.
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Grants are available to charitable, public sector and for-profit organisations in England and Wales to fund and evaluate activities that will support vulnerable young people while sticking to coronavirus/COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
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A free advertising fund is providing support to small businesses in the UK that are battling for survival due to the impacts coronavirus is having on trading.
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One-off grants for front-line food aid charities to help them continue to provide food to the vulnerable during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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The Government has announced an additional £6 million to support frontline armed forces charities that are working in key areas affected by the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Groups that are working on an application have until 14 May 2020 to submit their application.
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One-off funding for museums and galleries in the UK to explore different ways of engaging with collections while physical access is not available or is severely limited due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.
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Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500, for an additional four months.
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Grants for charities providing domestic abuse safe accommodation (including refuges) in England to ensure existing services remain open and to create additional capacity and support during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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The second quarter of the Aviva Community Fund is now accepting applications. Several changes have been made to the now quarterly funding “to better support small causes during Covid-19”.
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The British Horse Society (BHS), has launched the BHS Approved Centre Hardship Fund to help support riding schools affiliated to the charity through the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Learn to run virtual fundraising appeals and events and keep raising money for your cause during the unprecedented coronavirus outbreak with the latest on-demand webinar from Blackbaud Europe.
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COVID-19 has had a huge impact on how charities raise money with activities such as fundraising events being cancelled. This webinar has been organised to respond to the urgent need of charities to adopt new ways of raising money through digital fundraising.
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Grants are available to offer a safety net to small heritage organisations at this challenging time.
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Applications have now been extended until 1 November for funding in January 2021 due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000.
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£90 million available to National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Creative People and Places (CPPs) lead organisations who are most in need by making emergency grants available to help them survive until the end of September 2020.
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Grants are available to user-led organisations and small unconstituted community groups in England for activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Advance notice - A financial package to support innovative new UK companies, and those driving research and development, that are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak and are not eligible for existing coronavirus rescue schemes.
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The COVID-19 Business Pivot Challenge will help businesses of all sizes from anywhere in the world, meet the most pressing needs related to COVID-19 and build toward a more just and resilient society.
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In light of the current crisis, The Antonio Carluccio Foundation is extending its current level of grants for 2020 to £500,000.
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Grants are available for UK charities supporting education, communities, the environment, health, arts and culture, international development, heritage, and the armed forces.
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Financial support for community-based canine organisations which require emergency funds in order to prevent the unnecessary suffering of dogs such as providing additional support for small to medium sized rescue centres.
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Funding is being offered to help the UK’s emerging music makers adapt and sustain their creative work during the disruptive and evolving conditions brought about by the coronavirus outbreak.
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Unrestricted grants to support small charities and social enterprises in the UK who are adversely affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Standard Life Foundation will be making funding available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.
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Mental health organisations in England can apply for funding to respond to an anticipated increase in need as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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This scheme will provide a grant to all UK employers across all sectors (private, public, charitable and non-profit) to keep their workers on, rather than making them redundant during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Funding is available to enable vulnerable young people in the UK to overcome financial barriers preventing them from achieving their education, training or employment goals.
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Grants are available for organisations serving those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
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London Hearts have £200 internal grants available from our Charity which can be applied to each and every defibrillator supplied to organisations in order that they can protect the lives of their residents and the local communities. Any type of organisation is able to apply from any area across the UK, there are no restrictions for who can apply.To discuss these grants and the application process please contact Lucy Dale (Community Liaison Officer) at:[email protected]
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Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.
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Persimmon Homes is delighted to have joined forces with Team GB - the British Olympic Association - to give away over £1 million to help projects for young people aged under 18 across England, Wales and Scotland.
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Three weeks have been added to the eligibility date for the Chancellor's furlough scheme for workers who have been 'mothballed' during the coronavirus lockdown on businesses.
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Advance notice – this scheme will offer financial support to freelancers in the UK’s film and TV industry who are waiting for payments under the Government’s Self-employment Income Support Scheme.
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In response to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation have also pledged £240,000 to help foodbanks in the Trussell Trust’s network as they work to support people affected by the virus. The Foundation are also currently aiming to financially support foodbanks in responding to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
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Emergency loans are available to support UK-based social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of coronavirus/COVID-19.
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Grants are available for small charities and voluntary organisations that are supporting elderly/vulnerable people or are taking positive action on mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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Grants are available for strategic work directly related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.
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Small capital grants are available for UK charities to purchase essential items to adapt or increase services in response to the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.
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Grants are available to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic.
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Emergency grants to support local organisations that are meeting the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK and who are affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Government funding of up to £8 million for adoptive families to meet needs arising from coronavirus outbreak.
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A £100 million programme of loans and investment is being put together to help get emergency funding to social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged parts of the UK that are affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Government has announced a package of funding and resource support to help schools deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Emergency funding is available to support local tourism organisations in England that are struggling because of coronavirus.
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A fund to support the UK's creative community, which has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, is now open to applications.
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The British Bank has launched a charity foundation to help deal with the medical and economic crisis caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) and in preparing for the recovery in its aftermath.
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CAF has suddenly paused the fund because ‘the need for the fund is greater than anyone expected’. In one week, CAF has already received requests for more than £20 million of support and are assessing these as quickly and as fairly as possible:
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Funding to support existing Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust grantees to ‘keep the lights on’ or otherwise adapt their work to the changed context arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).
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The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Funding, coupled with tailored business support, can now be accessed by young businesspeople whose ventures are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.
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A commissioning strand has been launched to support England-based artists to produce new works in creative media.
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Funding for not-for-profit organisations that are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals in rural or farming communities across the UK.
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The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is taking further action to support businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis by bolstering business interruption loans for small businesses and announcing a new scheme for larger companies.
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Food redistribution organisations across England are to benefit from £3.25 million of government funding to help them cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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As a result of the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 virus, WRAP appreciates that applicant businesses will currently have other key priorities to consider. We have therefore decided to extend the deadline for the grant schemes by one month to allow applicants additional time. We acknowledge that this extension will also impact the timescales for delivering your proposed project, so we have therefore revised the times for the grant implementation and monitoring phases also.  Full ...
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Community groups that were planning to apply for funding to take on the ownership of their local pub will now have to wait until the situation with the Coronavirus improves.
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