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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

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Grants for cultural and heritage organisations in England to make the transition from lockdowns and social distancing to resume business activity.
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These awards support young entrepreneurs in the UK who are looking to enter the creative industries and who have a desire to create and sustain social value through their enterprise.
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Grants available to help eligible educational providers in England have world class facilities for the delivery of T Levels.
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Grants are available for regionally based organisations that can deliver support to people who are offline or on a low income in England, Scotland or Wales to ensure they understand how smart meters can benefit them.
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A new fund for local and national youth organisations, designed to help mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, is open for applications.
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Grants for not-for-profit organisations to define, test and develop digital solutions, or re-purpose existing technology in order to meet a social need or challenge in one of Comic Relief's core issue areas.
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A global grant programme for Black content creators on the YouTube platform.
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The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021, not the end of January as reported on 4 January 2021.
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Information on Carlisle City Council Business Support including a Free Fund finding Portal, Corona-virus Business Grants and EU Transition information.
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Grants are available for small local groups and small local charities in Great Britain to improve the quality of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual.
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Seed funding grants are available for UK based charities and other not-for-profit groups and organisations to trial new and innovative ways to support people in the UK who are suffering with poor mental health.
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The hardship fund is aimed at not for profit sporting organisations that have reducing financial resources resulting in hardship and possible closure.
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Project funding is available for social and health care organisations working in partnership to support communities in the North East of England and North Cumbria.
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Grants are available for churches and Christian charities to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Grants for charitable/not for profit organisations in the north west of England, that work with mental illness and mental disability.
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Grants are available to support projects aimed at promoting racial justice and equality of opportunity as a basis for a harmonious multi-racial, multi-ethnic society in the UK.
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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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An opportunity for UK based businesses and research and technology organisations to apply for a funding to support the best game-changing or disruptive R&D ideas, with a view to commercialisation.
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Financial support is available for the UK's freelancer professional theatre workers who are struggling financially because the impact coronavirus pandemic has had on their industry.
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Organisations and businesses who own, manage or work with heritage in England will have three weeks to apply for funding, starting from 7 January 2021.
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Emergency funding for community radio stations that are struggling financially due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and who are unlikely to continue operation without the funding.
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A new £100 million scheme for students to study and do work placements across the world will replace the UK's participation in Erasmus+.
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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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A new financial package designed to support retail, hospitality and leisure sectors businesses and protect jobs has been unveiled.
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Funding is available to support charities and interest groups in England that are working to reduce social isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Grants available to small UK businesses looking to pivot, scale or grow.
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The scheme is looking for organisations that support the UK healthcare, manufacturing and resources industries to recover faster and better from COVID-19.
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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 Woodland Carbon Code sets out robust requirements for voluntary carbon sequestration projects that incorporate core principles of good carbon management as part of modern sustainable forest management.
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Funding for the purchase of essential items to meet the most basic needs of children and young people in the UK who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances.
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Funding available to support the development of specialist housing for older people and adults with disabilities outside London.
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This guarantee scheme will free up funds for UK firms to cover the costs of international trade, supporting jobs and livelihoods across the country.
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Funding for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and younger living in the UK.
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This competition will give artists the opportunity to showcase their artwork on a global platform.
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Funding for small local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to help bring people and communities together as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
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A practical, interactive training session to provide you with the tools and know how to create a compelling, effective Case for Support to enhance your fundraising success and maximise your time!
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An international arts prize designed to support the next generation of talent across new visual media. Winning pieces should reflect upon both social and political structures, questioning the value that it places on the planet and society.
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The Environment Agency and Angling Trust have announced a new fund to encourage more people to take up fishing or reignite a passion for fishing.
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National Lottery Awards for All, Reaching Communities and Partnerships funding programmes in England are open again.
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Grants for Scout or Guide groups in the UK to encourage new members and to ensure long term benefits from the award.
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The 2021 round of the annual Weston Charity Awards is now open for applications from registered charities that are working in the fields of youth, welfare or community and are based in the North of England, the Midlands or in Wales.
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Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to become stronger and more robust and better able to deliver projects that bring about lasting change.
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Grant funding and matched equity investment are available for existing community business, with charitable purpose, that are based in England to prepare a community share offer to support their recovery from coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tailored support package of up to £3,000 to increase community business leaders’ knowledge, to provide wellbeing support and to build peer relationships to boost recovery especially in communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
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Grants are available for public sector and not-for-profit organisations across the UK that are seeking to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland.
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Grants are available to charities across the UK for high quality projects that provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to access, enjoy and participate in the arts.
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A new COVID workforce fund will be made available to support with costs of staff absences in schools and colleges.
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A roadmap towards supporting farmers and landowners through a fairer system from next year have been published.
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Cash grants for self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
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This fund will provide financial support for voluntary organisations and community groups that are providing health and wellbeing support and have struggled financially during COVID-19 due to limited access to funding, loss of funding and an increase in workload.
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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to business support and grant finder portal provided by Open4Business.
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Grants of between £3,000 and £100,000 to support the UK’s heritage sector respond to the impacts of coronavirus/COVID-19 and to adapt and thrive again.
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Funding for families with children aged 3-17 who are disabled, have a special need or have been abused in the UK.
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Grants for local not-for-profit organisations to help provide meals to anyone in need in the lead up to Christmas.
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Funding available to support partnerships to promote health and reduce health inequalities through economic development strategies.
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Grants are available for small organisations in England that support young people and have not had access to the funding they require to survive the COVID-19 crisis.
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Capital funding is available for academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided (VA) schools in England to transform facilities, improve school buildings and create more good school places.
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Grants are available to museums in the UK for creative digital engagement projects.
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Grants are available for charities and civil society organisations in England for exploring digital, data and design solutions to challenges in the areas of early years; financial wellbeing; mental health and wellbeing; sexual abuse and domestic violence.
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Grants are available for smaller UK based charities working with young offenders, prisoners and ex-prisoners, and young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement within the UK.
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The Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme, led by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, has opened the window for applications to two grant schemes; one for community groups and another for environmental projects.
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A fund to assist businesses in the UK access investments for business growth.
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Grants are available for local not-for-profit organisations to help provide meals to anyone in need in the lead up to Christmas. This includes individuals, families, meals at children's healthy holiday clubs. Deadline 06 December 2020.
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The Ministry of Defence is providing funding to help organisations in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event to show support for the UK’s servicemen and women, past and present.
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Applications open on 25 November for small to medium-sized grants to support heritage sector organisations across the UK with a focus on projects that emphasis organisational resilience and inclusion.
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Grants of up to £50,000 available to organisations in the UK and selected countries overseas to collaborate digitally on international projects.
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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a £4.98 million grant programme which is available to voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in the UK to cover the years 2021 to 2024.
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Funding to deliver activities that are relevant and meaningful to people in their communities, especially those hit hardest by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Funding for adult and children’s hospices in England and Wales to support between 11 and 15 local projects that dispel myths and misconception about hospice care and ensure that hospice services are culturally appropriate.
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Grants to support a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations for projects that support local children and young people across the UK.
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Social enterprises can apply for grants to deliver their important services and grow their impact while adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.
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Grants are available to Armed Forces charities for projects and activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans.
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Grants for new intermediary technical partners with the ability, expertise, networks and knowledge to distribute rapid funding to further Covid-19 response work with communities experiencing racial inequality in the UK.
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As nationwide efforts to back UK businesses through the current economic disruption continue, NatWest is championing amazing small enterprises, such as Cornish confectioner Buttermilk, with a unique combination of business support and media collaboration.
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Funding available for artists, creatives and producers based in the UK whose work pre-COVID-19 focused and relied on live performance.
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Grants are available for small to medium sized not-for-profit organisations in the UK who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or from loss of income.
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The Government is increasing its support to the self-employed over the coming months, ensuring people get paid faster than previously planned.
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Community and faith/beliefs organisations can apply for funding to support projects in England and Wales that positively engage Black, Asian, mixed heritage and minority ethnic communities in organ and blood donation.
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Businesses across the UK are being provided with additional financial support in response to the continued COVID-19 outbreak.
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Grants are available to registered charities for disability, social welfare inner city community projects, penal reform, and respite for carers in England and Wales.
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Cumbrian charities and other voluntary organisations working to alleviate problems during the Coronavirus crisis are being urged to apply for grants.
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Grants are available for smaller charities working within the areas of community, environment and the arts to reinvent their face to face service delivery through means other than digital as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
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Grants are available for smaller charities working within the areas of community, environment and the arts to transform or adapt their services digitally.
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A limited number of grants are available for charities, CICs and registered social and healthcare providers to pilot new innovations or service delivery.
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Funding opportunities to help increase participation in sport and physical activity in communities across Cumbria.
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Funding available to innovative organisations that can help us support digital development in the heritage sector.
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Interest-free funding available to reduce energy usage in individual academies, sixth form colleges, free schools, and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) across England.
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The UK Government has announced that it will increase the scope of its COVID-19 winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected.
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Women’s organisations and services in England that are supporting women who are experiencing poverty and low income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for funding.
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Funding for projects in the areas of community development, peace and reconciliation, education, and arts and culture.
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Homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations can now apply for transformation funding to provide single room and COVID-19 secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness this winter.
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Loans available to businesses across the North East and North West of England, North and West Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire who are looking to grow.
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Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England occupying historic buildings to develop new business plans and strategies in light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England for projects which link younger people aged 5 to 14 from schools and youth organisations with older people living in local care homes.
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Loans available to SME businesses across the North East and North West of England, North and West Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire who require additional funding to develop and grow.
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Grants are available for voluntary and community organisations, schools and PTAs, clubs and societies, and entrepreneurial individuals in the UK for small-scale, short-term projects that create a positive change in people’s lives and in their communities.
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Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations that are offering creative solutions to homelessness in the UK.
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Grants are available for organisations who support individuals suffering from mental health issues and who focus on research in the mental health field.
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Unrestricted grants to help with core costs are available for locally based and community-led businesses in England that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis in order to respond, evolve and adapt to the challenges they are facing.
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Grants are available for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and organisations, working to deliver coronavirus/COVID-19 related services in England.
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