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Open 4 Business Portal

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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.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


Grants and Funding

Funding for Children's Cycle Training in England

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Funding available to current Bikeability training providers and organisations for innovative pilot projects that encourage underrepresented children in England to take part in cycle training.  The deadline for applications is 29 October 2021 (5pm).

Cumbria Community Foundation Grants

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Cumbria Community Foundation exists to address disadvantage by making life-changing grants and promoting philanthropy. Our funds have been created by our donors and each have their own criteria or area of interest. Most support locally based community and voluntary groups and a number of funds also support individuals.

Bikeability Trust - Widening Participation Fund

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Funding available to current Bikeability training providers and organisations for innovative pilot projects that encourage underrepresented children in England to take part in cycle training.  Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 29 October 2021 (5pm).

Partner-Up Fund

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Grants are available to partnerships of organisations with shared ideas for innovative arts projects that seek to bring about social change and forge strong connections across communities.  The programme will open to Expressions of Interest on 5 October 2021.

Arts Council England - Capital Investment Programme

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Capital funding is available to support cultural organisations in England to adjust buildings and equipment so that they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize on technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact.  The online Expression of Interest form will be available between noon on 5 October 2021 and noon on 26 October 2021.

NHS Opens £680m Unified Tech Fund

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Government has launched a £680 million funding package available to NHS organisations and health care partnerships across England to support technology projects.  Each fund has its own application deadline.   NHS organisations and health care partnerships are eligible to apply. Eligibility varies depending on which fund is selected, so applicants must check the guidance for the specific fund to ensure they meet the criteria.

One Week for Submission of Volunteering Futures Fund Proposals

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Match funding is available to grant making organisations such as charitable foundations and philanthropic institutions to administer high quality volunteering programmes in England based on community and youth initiatives.  The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 26 September 2021.

CIMSPA ReTrain to Retain

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100% funded training and support is available for sport and physical activity professionals and volunteers who have had to find work outside the sector or had their hours reduced during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Application deadline: None specified


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Financial support is available for farmers and landowners in the UK to help them plant more hedges.  Application deadline: None specified


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Financial support is available for farmers and landowners in the UK to help them plant more woodland on a large scale.   Application deadline: None specified

Film Hub North - Engine Fund

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Funding and strategic support are available to film exhibitors in the North of England to help rebuild and grow their audiences.  The deadline for applications is 31 December 2021.

Dairy Futures Loans

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Loans for UK businesspeople with the determination and ability to succeed in dairy farming to a sustainable size of dairy enterprise as quickly as possible.  Application deadline: None specified

The Local Digital Fund Opens New Round

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Funding available for local authorities in England to support digital innovation projects that will transform public services.  Applications to Round 5 must be submitted by the 26 September 2021 (11:59pm).

Build UK India - Industrial Net Zero

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Funding and a programme of support are available to UK advanced digital technology startups to explore applications of their existing products and services with established Indian corporate partners that hold aspirations in leveraging digital technology, to optimise resource usage and processes.  The deadline for applications is 23:59 BST on 10 October 2021.

£270m Green Heat Network Fund Launches in Spring 2022

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Public, private and third sector organisations in England will be invited to apply for capital funding to help new and existing heat networks move to low and zero carbon technologies.  The scheme will open for applications in April 2022. It is anticipated to run until 2025.

Cumbria CVS funding news

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Cumbria CVS funding update.  If you want our help, advice and support in relation to funding for your not-for-profit organisation or group please contact Cumbria CVS by emailing: [email protected]     If you do not have access to email, please call 01768 800 350

Funding for Black and Minoritised Women's Organisations

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Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations, led-by-and-for Black and minoritised women, that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to support their core costs and enable continued service delivery in England.    The deadline for applications is 3pm on 1 October 2021.

Nesta Healthy Ageing Fund

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A combined investment and grant funding for start-up companies in the UK that are working to improve health outcomes in later life. The fund aims to support offering products or services to increase healthy life expectancy and reduce health inequalities.  The fund is open for applications now, through to 31 March 2023.

Funding to Increase Awareness of Living Kidney Donation in the UK

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Grants for community and faith and beliefs organisations in the UK for projects that positively engage Black, Asian, Mixed Race and minority ethnic communities in living kidney donation as well as projects focused on addressing health literacy and other capability barriers across the general population.  The deadline for applications is 12 September 2021 (22:00).


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