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Grants and External Funding

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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 News

COVID-19 Relief Funding for Visual Artists in England & Northern Ireland

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The Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund has been set up to help artists and freelance creative practitioners in the visual arts sector, living in England and Northern Ireland, who are in urgent need of financial support because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

This is short‑term emergency funding to enable applicants to survive financially. The scheme will help individuals to meet their most urgent financial needs while they explore other ways of sustaining themselves.

The £1.5 million fund provides grants of £1,500 to £2,500 per person, assessed by need, with £1 million going to those living in England and £500,000 to those in Northern Ireland.

The funder encourages applications from artists and arts professionals working in all visual arts disciplines. Those on multiple short-term PAYE contracts are also eligible.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 18 June 2020 (14:00 BST).

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    a-n The Artists Information Company
    Head Office
    S19, Toffee Factory
    Lower Steenbergs Yard
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 2DF
    Email: [email protected]

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