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Open 4 Business Portal

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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


Grants and Funding News

Launch of Culture in Quarantine Commissioning Fund for England’s Artists

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The Culture in Quarantine Fund is a new commissioning strand, launched by BBC Arts with Arts Council England, to support England-based artists of any discipline to produce new works in creative media – video, audio and interactive – in spring 2020.

The scheme is looking for creatively ambitious ideas that feel that they could have been made at no other time. Commissions do not need to be about the current coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency but must engage imaginatively with ideas of social isolation. The requirements of social distancing must also be adhered to in the making of the work.

The work proposed should be novel and aim to deliver a creative and engaging audience experience and be clear about the specific audiences they aim to appeal to. The funder is looking for some projects that can be broadcast/published as soon as practical, with others to follow over the subsequent weeks.

The amount of funding requested should be in the range £3,000 to £8,000 (ex. VAT). Projects can be 100% funded or part-funded.

Ideas can be submitted by individual professional artists based in England or by cultural organisations on behalf of artist(s) based in England. An established professional artist is a person who has been paid to produce artistic work in the last three years, whether through public funding or private sales or commissions.

The deadline for applications is 8 April 2020 (17:00 BST).

Scheme - Guidance Document

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    The Space
    Fazeley Studios, Studio 30
    191 Fazeley Street
    B5 5SE
    Tel: 0121 663 1488
    Email: [email protected]

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