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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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BSA Invites Community Groups to Apply for British Science Week Funding

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British Science Week (BSW) is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that is coordinated by the British Science Association (BSA) and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity.

Under-represented groups 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.
  • Young people facing adversity, including those not in education employment or training (NEET).
  • People with a disability, defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on someone’s ability to do normal daily activities.
  • People living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people.
  • Girls and women.

The funding can be used for materials, room hire, publicity, speakers, trainers, freelancers, project specific staff costs, AV hire, reasonable volunteer expenses, transport or other costs of activities or events celebrating British Science Week which will next take place from 8 to 17 March 2019.

Priority will be given to events and activities that show they fit with the BSA’s goal of making science a fundamental part of culture by:

  • Being embedded in the local community.
  • Showcasing science’s role in everyday life or challenging the idea that science is separate from culture.
  • Leaving a legacy.

The deadline for applications is 12 November 2018 (5pm).

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