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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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Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants - Deadline Alert 12 October

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Grants are available to help UK museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the COVID-19 crisis.

Fund Information

Funding body:

The Art Fund

Maximum value:

£ 50,000

Application deadline:



The Art Fund is an independent fundraising charity. For over 100 years the Art Fund has helped more than 700 museums and galleries buy great works of art.

This programme has been developed in response to feedback through The Art Fund's sector consultation which identified their priority areas for support: Audiences, Collections, Digital and Workforce.

Objectives of Fund

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.

Value Notes

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available.

The Art Fund will consider offering 100% funding.

Who Can Apply

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

Applicants must:

  • Ordinarily have spaces for the public to visit and experience the visual arts or other object-based collections. This could include natural history, maritime and transport, archaeology and social history

  • Demonstrate that they usually operate to best practice standards or have a good track record in delivering high quality public activity.

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.




The fund cannot support:

  • Theatre, music, dance or other art forms.

  • Applications from individuals, artists’ groups, commercial organisations, hospitals, places of worship, schools or higher education institutions, organisations with a focus on music, drama, dance and artforms outside the visual arts.

Eligible Expenditure

The fund will support costs connected to re-opening, such as staffing, equipment or training, or planning for future activities. Applicants are encouraged to let The Art Fund know what support will be most helpful.

How To Apply

There are three funding rounds.

Round 3 is open to applications until the deadline of 12 October 2020, 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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