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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

Fleabag Theatre Worker Support Fund

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A fund to provide grants to theatre workers in the UK who are in financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Royal Theatrical Fund

Maximum value:

£ 2,500

Application deadline:

None specified


Distributed by DryWrite, this programme is administered by the Royal Theatrical Fund.

Objectives of Fund

The Fleabag Support Fund partners with charities in responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The fund provides support to freelancers working in theatre, comedy and cabaret who are unable to work as a direct result of the pandemic. It is a small crisis grant that will reflect and recognise that people have an immediate need.

The Fund aims to be a complimentary alternative support grant to the already existing charitable funds available to people working in theatre at this time.

Value Notes

The Fund will provide grants of £2,500 to freelancers working in the theatre industry who are in urgent financial need.

Who Can Apply

Those who have worked professionally in the UK’s theatre industry may be eligible. This includes on stage, front of house, backstage workers, comedians, cabaret performers, commercial dancers, producers, writers, stage managers, actors, technicians and production staff.

Applicants must be based in the UK and must have a UK bank account.

Applicants must have been in active work within the last year in the UK theatre industry.

Applicants will need to supply proof of their current benefit award, for example a screen shot of their Universal Credit award showing how it has been calculated or their tax credits or housing benefit award.

Applicants who have received Self Employment Income Support will need to supply proof of payment or refusal.




Those with over £3,000 in savings will not be considered. Debts will not be taken into consideration. Rental arrears that have been accrued during the crises will be taken into consideration.

How To Apply

The second round for applications opened on Tuesday 14 July 2020. No deadline has been specified at this stage.

Interested parties should read the full eligibility and criteria online before submitting an application to [email protected]

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Fleabag Support Fund
    Royal Theatrical Fund
    11 Garrick Street
    WC2E 9AR
    Tel: 020 7836 3322
    Email: [email protected]

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