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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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04Oct

Nesta Launches ‘Amplified’ - Funding for Creative Firms Developing Digital Ideas for Social Benefit

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According to Nesta, creative and artistic endeavours have the power to unite and engage an increasingly atomised society, change behaviour at the individual and collective levels and drive economic growth and national competitive advantage.

Amplified is a new pilot programme designed to encourage the development of creative digital ideas that generate a positive social outcome in the UK. Through the programme, Nesta is offering cultural and creative businesses funding and support to develop initiatives that can improve the lives of others.

Applicants can obtain £10,000 of grant funding to develop their digital ideas. The grant is delivered alongside mentoring from industry leaders and six months’ structured support.

Proposed ideas need to make use of digital technologies and address a social challenge (this can be a local or global challenge). They can be anything from a game to an interactive installation, as long as it seeks to generate a direct social outcome. The social outcomes can be anything from increasing community cohesion to reducing the consumption of single use plastics.

Cultural and creative businesses that have been trading for a minimum of three years in the UK may apply. Nesta is looking to fund ideas from both arts and cultural organisations, as well as businesses within the wider creative industries, particularly where those businesses feel their ideas can positively impact the lives of others. These could be games companies, design agencies, media agencies or other firms.

The deadline for submitting an application is 14 November 2018 at 5pm.

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