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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

New Fund for Young Filmmakers from Minority Backgrounds

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SKIP/INTRO is a new film commissioning programme which will support emerging moving-image artists through the challenges of the present day. The scheme provides a platform for young filmmakers to look beyond the horizon and showcase something about the world at large.

Three new moving image works from artist-filmmakers aged 18-25 in England will be commissioned. The programme will actively support those from under-represented backgrounds, and includes a specific commitment:

  • To commissioning at least one black artist.

  • That at least one of the commissioned artists will be based outside of London and the South East of England.

The scheme will support a variety of artistic practices that are self-sufficient, that do not require substantial external production support via crew, cast, specific equipment, etc, while still offering production and curatorial support.

The commissioned artists will each receive:

  • A £1,500 fee/budget.

  • £2,000 additional production support.

  • Curatorial support across a two-month period.

  • Online distribution.

The final works will be streamed through the Satellite Films’ digital channels and through an online broadcast partner.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 20 July 2020 (12:00 BST).

Eligible Expenditure

The sponsor anticipates that the £1,500 fee/budget will pay for applicants’ time to work on the project, as well as any additional costs identified, for example editing or animation software, or rights to use found material. It will be up to the artist to manage the budget, and to decide what they spend it on.

How To Apply

The call for entries is now live and will close on 20 July 2020 (12:00 BST).

Application information is available online. Applicants must have completed:

  • An application form.

  • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

  • And have submitted a CV to [email protected] with the subject ‘Skip/Intro application’.

Useful documents & links

Scheme - Guidance Document

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