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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

Art Fund Launches Respond and Reimagine Grants

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The Art Fund is providing Respond and Reimagine grants to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.

These grants can provide practical support to fund what applicants need now. If an organisation is experiencing an immediate crisis with no alternative sources of funding, The Art Fund can consider offering emergency support to help organisations manage during this difficult period.

Applicants are encouraged to let The Art Fund know what support will be most helpful, such as costs connected to re-opening:

  • Staffing

  • Equipment

  • Training

  • Planning for future activities.

All public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives in the UK are eligible to apply.

Organisations that are a visual arts agency or festival are eligible to apply providing they can meet the above criteria and have a strong visual arts focus.

Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 are available. The Art Fund will consider offering 100% funding.

The next deadline for applications is 6 July 2020.

How To Apply

There are three funding rounds. The application deadline for:

  • Round 1 is 6 July 2020 with a decision by 31 July 2020.

  • Round 2 is 17 August 2020 with a decision by 21 September 2020.

  • Round 3 is 12 October 202 with a decision by 9 November 2020.

Applicants must register on the Art Fund website to access the online application form.

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
    The Art Fund
    2 Granary Square
    King's Cross
    N1C 4BH
    Tel: 020 7225 4800
    Fax: 020 7225 4848
    Email: [email protected]

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