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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


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BBC Launches Galton and Simpson Bursary for Comedy Writing

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The Galton and Simpson Bursary for Comedy Writing is a new bursary being offered by the BBC in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation. The bursary is aimed at helping new comedy writers build their career.

The scheme is named after Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, widely viewed as one of the most enduring partnerships in comedy history and creators of classics such as Hancock and Steptoe and Son.

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy:

"These comedy founding fathers met in adverse circumstances and went on to set the template for the modern British sitcom. Their work has endured and been appreciated for decades past and no doubt decades to come. Great comedy is often born out of adversity as the imagination sparks creative expression. This bursary is aimed at giving opportunity to new comedy voices in these trying times.”

Dr Antonis Kousoulis, Director of the Mental Health Foundation

“Being involved in creative activities can have a powerful and lasting effect on our wellbeing and protect our mental health.  We welcome the Galton & Simpson Bursary for Comedy Writing which pays tribute to these great writers and because comedy is a wonderful way to bring people together in laughter and hope.”

The £5,500 bursary will help new comedy writers or writing partnerships to develop a script for broadcast consideration, along with guidance from established industry professionals and the BBC Comedy commissioning team.

To be eligible to apply, individual writers or writing duos should be either resident in the UK or be an EU or UK national resident in an EU member state.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 5 June 2020.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit the following by email to [email protected]

  • A sample comedy/sitcom script of 30 pages/30 minutes maximum duration.

  • A series development plan.

  • A short biography/statement.

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