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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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Funding for Science Events that Engage Under-Represented Audiences

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British Science Week (BSW), an annual programme of science, technology, engineering, and maths events and activities, will be taking place between 5 and 14 March 2021. Applications have now opened for the BSW Community Grants Scheme which aims to expand the audiences that engage with science and self-identify as having an interest in science.

Community groups can apply for funding to run their own science activities during British Science Week, working directly with people who are traditionally hard-to-reach and currently not engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity. Groups that are traditionally under-represented in science include:

  • People who are Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME).

  • People with low socio economic status (SES), including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income.

  • People with a physical or mental condition or impairment.

  • People living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people.

  • Girls and women.

Any project that engages at least one of these groups during British Science Week 2021 is eligible for funding.

Examples of activities that can be supported include:

  • Sports science sessions with football and rugby clubs.

  • Community-created science exhibitions in places of worship, community gardens, libraries and pubs.

  • Community-led research projects and experiments with youth clubs and groups with special needs.

  • Scientifically-informed theatre productions and art activities.

There are two levels of grants that groups can apply for:

  • £500 grants to run one or more events during British Science Week.

  • £2,000 grants to run one or more events during British Science Week, as well as follow-up activities that will lead to continued engagement after British Science Week.

The grants can be used for materials, room hire, publicity, speakers, trainers, freelancers, project-specific staff costs, audio-visual hire, reasonable volunteer expenses, transport or other costs of running the event or activity.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 9 November 2020.

An online application form and guidelines are available on the British Science Week website.

Payment Procedure

Payment will be made into the grant recipient's bank account.

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