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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

COVID-19 Film and TV Repayable Grants Scheme

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The COVID-19 Film and TV Repayable Grants Scheme will offer financial support to industry freelancers, whose jobs are on hold owing to coronavirus, and are waiting for payments under the Government’s Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

The scheme sits alongside The Film and TV Charity’s COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Fund, created in partnership with the BFI.

Value Notes

The Film and TV Charity’s trustees set aside £2.5 million of the charity’s reserves to cover the COVID-19 Film and TV Repayable Grants Scheme.

Grants of up to £2,000 will be offered to those eligible for Self-employment Income Support but who are struggling with the wait for payments in June.

The repayable grants are interest free. Applicants do not need to provide any guarantees and there is no arrangement fee. Recipients will be asked to repay the grants by the end of September 2020.

Who Can Apply

Freelancers in the UK’s film and TV industry may be eligible.


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How To Apply

The scheme is set to open on Wednesday 15 April 2020.

Applicants will have one week to make a claim via

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Film & TV Charity
    22 Golden Square
    W1F 9AD
    Tel: 0800 054 0000
    Email: [email protected]

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