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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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Innovators from across the world are being challenged and funded for their innovative new design solutions that serve the function of today’s single-use plastic retail bag, delivering consumer convenience and lessening environmental impacts.
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A limited number of grants are available to support black (and Mixed with Black) social entrepreneurs and change-makers making a difference in their local communities in the UK.
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This programme offers businesses in Cumbria support towards the cost of a consultancy project. This support is delivered by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.
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Grants are available to UK charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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A loan/grant funding package is available for small community-led charities and social enterprises based and working in England to help them grow their services and become more sustainable.
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Short-term, designated funding is available for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain that improve biodiversity and green spaces, increase community access to outdoor space, or combat climate change and promote sustainability.
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New funding to help not-for-profit organisations increase resilience by adapting or expanding their services, or to meet new challenges brought on by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Financial support is being provided to help employers in England hire new apprentices in a move designed to boost employment following the coronavirus outbreak.
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Short-term, designated funding is available for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, that focus on the 2020 themes to improve community health and wellbeing, increase participation in arts and physical recreation, or reduce isolation.
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Short-term, designated funding is available for projects which focus on the promoting human rights, combatting discrimination, and preventing poverty in Great Britain.
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A new black and ethnic minority-led fund to support communities and BAME leadership practice in England is ‘expected to be launched within weeks’.
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The Covid-19 emergency has created a funding crisis for many charities, social enterprises and community groups across Cumbria and has left many voluntary sector organisations across Cumbria struggling to continue to deliver services, pay staff and meet running costs. Cumbria CVS has dedicated Funding Officers to help your organisation or group.
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Grants are available to small UK registered charities for building websites or digital products that enable them to carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way, resulting in positive social benefit.
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Independent commercial and non-profit cinemas in England whose businesses have been interrupted by COVID-19 can access funding to reopen and make safety interventions.
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Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced a fund to help the UK’s film and television production companies that are unable to obtain coronavirus insurance.
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UK businesses and research organisations can apply for funding to support an innovation-led recovery from the COVID-19 crisis for the UK's foundation industries.
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A new £500 million Fund aiming to support cultural organisations struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis will open for applications on 10 August 2020.
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Small and medium businesses in England can access government funding to help them get back on track following a period of financial hardship and a reduction in trade as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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HMRC is encouraging customs intermediaries and traders who make their own declarations to take advantage of new funding.
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Funding to support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure.
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A one-off payment will be made to UK employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31 January 2021 as a means of providing additional support to retain workers.
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Telecoms firm BT Group has announced the launch of a new scheme to help UK SMEs grow following the disruption caused by COVID-19.
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Grants are available for small and local charities that are working to help people overcome complex social issues so that they can recover beyond the immediate COVID-19 crisis.
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Lloyds Bank Foundation launches £7.4m Covid recovery fund for small charities -Applications for the Covid Recovery Fund will open on 3 August and close on 11 September. See more at: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/lloyds-bank-foundation-launches-7-4m-coronavirus-fund-for-small-charities.html#sthash.JV0Tsp5O.dpuf
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A fund has been launched to ensure the survival of grassroots music venues in England that are struggling to survive as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and resulting lockdown.
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Grants are available for new play equipment; landscaping works, including boardwalks, trees and shrubs; skate parks; woodland walks; nature trails; outdoor gyms; and building works within communal areas of sporting clubhouses.
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Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to support projects that deliver against one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes.
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Grants for registered equine charities or charities/hospices supporting older people in the UK.
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After suspending the National Lottery Project Grants programme in March 2020 due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, Arts Council England is re-opening the programme for applications today, aiming to support individuals and organisations to get activities up and running again.
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The Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund is specifically for local charities, community and voluntary groups within Cumbria to help them manage the new issues which are arising in light of the coronavirus pandemic and as restrictions ease. 
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TNL has announced the distribution of £45mil to partner organisations through External Delegated Agreement’s (EDAs). In developing our Covid-19 crisis response we recognised that we could get support to some organisations and communities more quickly and efficiently by partnering with specialist organisations to distribute funding to them on our behalf.
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Armed Forces charities may submit their funding application now for projects and activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans throughout the UK.
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Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups as part of their coronavirus/COVID-19 emergency response in supporting local communities.
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Grants are available to enable Christian organisations to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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An £85 million match funding scheme has launched to support those who are most vulnerable and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in England. Applications will be accepted until Sunday 2 August 2020 for funds raised over a six-week period (from 18 July until 31 August).
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Grants are available to charitable organisations carrying out general charitable purposes in the UK. Funding is at the discretion of the Trust. In the past grants have ranged from £250 to £1,000 with the occasional larger grant being awarded.
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Charities, and voluntary groups and organisations in the UK are welcome to apply, irrespective of faith. Small grants (up to £1,000) are intended for community groups, grassroots organisations, food banks and other volunteer groups.
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Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to provide emergency relief in their communities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis and also recover from the impact that the crisis has had on their services.
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Grants are available for organisations serving those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
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The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has opened a £45m programme to fund charities and social enterprises working with people “disproportionately impacted” by the coronavirus.
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Grants for local and national charities in England and Wales that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life.
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Grants for UK based health charities to help them recover from the negative effects of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and to support patients and their families who are vulnerable to infection.
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Grants are available for schools and community groups in the UK to increase youth engagement with nature.
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One-off grants for community-led organisations in England that are facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 lockdown so that they can continue to deliver vital services.
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Grants are available for community initiatives and charitable events that are local to the business operations of NFU Mutual across the UK.
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Grants are available for established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems, using the skills of professionally trained artists.
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Grants are available to support young people challenged by abuse and addiction, those who are young carers, and those without safe homes.
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A fund to provide grants to theatre workers in the UK who are in financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Funding for not-for-profit organisations in the UK with proposals to make lasting change related to the social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development.
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Core funding for small and medium-sized charities who need financial help due to lost income in the current financial year as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Funding for Football Clubs in England and Wales to Prepare their Buildings to Safely Reopen
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Local students are being given the opportunity to apply for an educational charity grant.
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Grants are available to charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives for projects that tackle a housing problem in local communities in eligible parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Applications will be accepted until 31 July for emergency short-term grants of between £3,000 and £250,000.
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Funding for BAME-led organisations to help more BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) organisations and groups apply for National Emergencies Trust coronavirus crisis funding.
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Applications open for Fund aiming to tackle root causes of youth unemployment across the UK.
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The Digital Borderlands Voucher Scheme offers additional funding to help eligible rural businesses and residents in Cumbria and Northumberland connect to gigabit capable broadband. 
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One-off grants to relieve the hardship caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic on small and medium-sized not-for profit organisations specialising in work with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
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Flexible grants available for specialist social welfare legal advice organisations to cope with the immediate impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.
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Emergency funding for homelessness charities across the UK to prevent closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Funding available to support social enterprises who have been affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, so they can meet additional demands, change the way they work, make their spaces COVID-secure, and manage liquidity.
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Funding for projects to help people build confidence, knowledge and skills to increase their prospects of gaining employment.
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Funding is available for small businesses in England’s tourist destinations to help them recover from a dramatic loss of business caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown.
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Grants are available for non-profit organisations that are using sport to deliver development outcomes, to ensure they can continue to work with young people across the world during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and deliver new or adaptive provisions.
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Future funding opportunity for charities and environmental organisations to start work on projects across England to restore nature and tackle climate change.
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The Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund is specifically for local charities, community and voluntary groups within Cumbria to help them manage the new issues which are arising in light of the coronavirus pandemic and as restrictions ease
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Start-up and growing UK businesses can access free training, services, credits and support from Amazon, Enterprise Nation and partners – and an intensive week-long bootcamp to help 1,000 offline businesses get online.
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Grants are available for small UK charities for projects which support children living in poverty.
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Grants are available for equine welfare and rescue organisations in the UK which have experienced financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Grants are available to publicly funded schools, academies and free schools throughout the UK to mitigate the effects of significant mobility and/or deployment of their service communities.
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The best contemporary photography from the past year is to be celebrated, giving exposure, visibility and opportunity to photographers worldwide.
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Funding available to alternative provision (AP) schools and colleges to support current year 11 students into post-16 education.
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Schools and local authorities in England can apply for additional support to provide vouchers to pupils eligible for free school meals over the summer holiday period during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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An artist commissioning programme is open to young moving image artists in England from under-represented backgrounds.
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Funding available to schools in England to help cover costs relating to specific items up to the end of the 2019 to 2020 summer term.
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Funding is available for UK businesses, research organisations and academia, for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery and rebuilding amongst all sectors after the effects of COVID-19.
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The Chancellor has expanded a fund for UK start-ups hit by the coronavirus crisis, ensuring those that shifted their headquarters abroad can still access the scheme.
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Funding for UK registered charities for projects that fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need across the UK.
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Lloyds Bank Foundation is seeking a partner organisation, consultant or consortium to help us fully reflect on our own practice in attracting and assessing applications, and to ensure our approach does not create barriers to BAME-led organisations.
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Grants for groups providing charitable activities in response to the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in Cumbria.
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We are providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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Organisations can apply for between £300 - £10,000 and over £10,000 to cover up to six months of costs. This fund is due to close soon and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.
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Topics covered include strategic planning; brilliant fundraising basics; digital; people; and culture, innovation and behaviours.
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Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations with capital improvement projects for local community greenspaces.
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Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis
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Phase 2 provides funding opportunities for small surplus food redistributors. Due to the positive response and level of interest in this scheme we have decided to extend the deadline for new submissions to 13:00 on Friday 3rd July 2020.
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A standalone capital grant offering funding to farmers and other land managers in England to plant and protect young trees. The grant provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items needed to create new woodland.
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The CITB offers support to industry through various grants and funds. CITB grants cover day-to-day training and its funds cover specific projects and commissions.
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Companies from around the world are invited to apply for investment funding to support a new wave of clean tech development.
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One-Off Funding for Organisations that Employ People from Vulnerable/Disadvantaged Groups
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A competition intended to provide early-stage and established Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) entrepreneurs in the UK with an opportunity to obtain funding and support to develop and scale their business.
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A fund has been set up as a venture capital vehicle to accelerate early-stage green businesses in the UK.
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Funding to help communities across the UK move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Eligible dairy farmers can now apply for up to £10,000 to overcome the impacts of coronavirus.
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Grants are available to provide protective security measures to places of worship in England and Wales that have been subject to, or are vulnerable to hate crimes that target people because of their religion.
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Funding is available for organisations that support landlords and tenants to improve standards and educate those involved in the private rented sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage.
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Loans available to small and medium sized businesses based in the UK to help them expand and grow.
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Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Grants are available for established charitable organisations, community or voluntary groups in Cumbria so that they can continue providing their services during the rising economic adversity caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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