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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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In recognition of the additional pressures many hospices are experiencing due to COVID-19 and the associated restrictions on normal activities, this funder is holding a second funding round.
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The new one-off Weston Culture Fund aims to support performing and visual arts organisations, arts centres, accredited museums and galleries as they try to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
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UK organisations are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers, hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, to secure jobs and financial help.
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Grants for voluntary and community organisations set up or run by leaders with first-hand experience of a social issue to ensure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities across the UK move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.
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Funding is available to enable vulnerable children and young people in the UK to overcome financial barriers preventing them from achieving their education, training or employment goals.
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This worldwide competition is open to young writers of any nationality to recognise exceptional literary work.
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This scheme will assist UK film, television and cinema workers most affected by COVID-19, offering them financial and wellbeing support over six months.
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Community groups in the UK can apply for grants to create events or activities that engage under-represented audiences as part of British Science Week 2021.
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State-funded, non-selective schools or colleges in challenging circumstances can apply for funding to organise their own events as part of British Science Week 2021.
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Short application window opens for volunteering initiatives organised by young people in response to COVID-19
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An £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme will be delivered over five years from 2021 to 2026, providing up to 180,000 new homes across England, should economic conditions allow.
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Funding is available for teams from the UK’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics arenas, capable of developing major public engagement projects that will showcase the UK’s creativity and innovation.
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Residential development loan funding is available for SME developers to help deliver more homes in England and Wales.
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A fund for food businesses in the UK to offset the costs of sending good quality surplus food to good causes, helping the people who need it most.
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Funding for environmental charities and partners to kick-start projects to halt the loss of wildlife and tackle climate change in the aftermath of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Firms in England that are required to shut because of local coronavirus interventions will now be able to claim up to £1,500 per property every three weeks.
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The third and final funding round of the Social Enterprise Support Fund has now opened for applications.
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After a four-month break, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the programme has re-opened for applications.
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The KFC Foundation has launched its first public call for applications for funding from local, grassroots organisations that are empowering young people in the UK.
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Unrestricted grants to help small charities and social enterprises in the UK plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in the post-coronavirus world.
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Grants are available for public sector and not-for-profit organisations in England that are working with young people between the ages of 14 and 24 years to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work, taking approaches that can be tested, evaluated and implemented on a larger scale.
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Impetus - Private Equity Foundation- Financial and other support is available to ambitious, innovative charities and social enterprises that are helping children and young people living in poverty in the UK to succeed at school and work.
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Grants are available for registered charities, social enterprises and constituted charitable groups to help people in the UK when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.
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Grants are available for charitable organisations to carry out projects in areas of social needs (youth and employment, help for older people, the arts and the environment) in Cumbria.
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Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. We provide financial support to help people get back on track.
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Grants are available for grassroots Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 needs of local disabled people.
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Funding for UK registered charities for projects that support education, environmental protection, arts, culture, heritage, science, poverty and disability relief, citizenship and community development.
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Grants are available for grassroots, local groups and organisations who can support LGBTQ+ communities through the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
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Grants are available for football clubs in England and Wales to prepare for the safe return of football and supporters to their stadia, taking into account the additional risks posed by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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A scheme to help young people into work and spur Britain's economic revival following COVID-19 has been launched by the Government.
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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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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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An arts commissioning programme that enables new work by emerging disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences.
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Grants are available to UK registered charities and organisations with charitable status that are working to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and their families in the UK.
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A programme for energy start-ups in the UK to accelerate the energy transition to deliver more and cleaner energy.
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Grants are available to public and professional UK-based organisations for activities that will reduce the risk of death and injury for all road users.
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Grants are available to a range of organisations for music projects in England that increase the number of children and young people across England who have the opportunity to take part in high-quality musical activities.
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One-off capital grants are available to registered charities in England and Wales, as well as those with 'accepted' and 'exempt' status, for projects in the areas of community, education, health and social welfare.
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Community organisation in rural and urban England that want to take control of their local pub for the benefit of the local community can apply now for a support package.
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Funding 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.
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Funding for Not-for-Profit Organisations in England to Develop Digital Capabilities in Response to COVID-19 Crisis
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Grants are available for VCSE organisations in England to run projects that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age.
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Grants are available to meet the immediate needs of LGBT+ people and communities adversely affected by the pandemic.
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Innovation funding, coupled with tailored support, will be awarded to businesswomen in the UK who have enterprising ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation and deliver economic growth.
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Financial support is available for freelance professional theatre workers who are struggling financially because the impacts of coronavirus.
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Every state funded school which has a Reception class will be invited to apply for this support, with priority given to schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils.
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Self-employed people whose trade has been adversely affected by coronavirus can now apply for a second grant from the Government.
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The Dairy Response Fund supports dairy farmers in England who are in need of support following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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The Barrow Cadbury COVID-19 Support Fund has reopened for a second round of applications after closing on 2 August as there were ‘slightly fewer applications than expected’.
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A UK-wide programme aims to create a 'step change' in the cultural sector, supporting early-career artists and makers who are focusing on material processes within their practice.
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Emergency grants are available for micro- and small-sized organisations in England that are led by representatives of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities to support core costs.
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Applications are now being accepted to a new grants programme that support local Armed Forces communities as they address the needs that have arisen as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Applications are now being accepted for projects that reduce social isolation by tackling loneliness among traditionally harder to reach groups within the Armed Forces community in the UK.
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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) charities and groups that are providing essential and emergency services to their communities can apply now for funding.
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Arts Council England is accepting applications to the Culture Recovery Fund
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Groups in England have until 12 noon on 17 August to get in their application for emergency grants funded by the Government to support people and communities affected by coronavirus/ COVID-19.
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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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Final few days to apply for 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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