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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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National Vegetarian Week - Event Grants

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Objectives of Fund

The funding is for events and activities that take place during National Vegetarian Week 2019 (13-19 May) or at any time in May 2019 and will attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but are inclusive of the wider vegetarian community.

Value Notes

There are two levels of funding in 2019:

  • Small grants of up to £200.

  • Large grants of up to £2,000.

Applications for large grants will need to demonstrate how their activity will have a bigger impact.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Not for profit organisations in the UK (eg community groups, schools, social housing schemes, youth clubs, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts or Guides).

  • Informal groups of friends, parents or students.

  • Student vegetarian and vegan societies and other vegetarian and vegan groups.

A bank account is preferable but for groups that do not have one, alternative arrangements can be made.

Groups must be willing to submit a monitoring form after the event.




The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Wages.

  • Retrospective costs.

  • Costs towards an activity that is not wholly for NVW, is not vegetarian or promotes another issue or particular stance exclusively.

  • Activities that involve fundraising for another charity or cause.

  • Payments to friends or family.

  • Promotional materials or advertising.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for events and activities that:

  • Take place in May 2019.

  • Promote National Vegetarian Week exclusively as the primary purpose of the funded activity.

  • Celebrate and promote delicious vegetarian food.

  • Are exclusively vegetarian or vegan. (Events cannot have non-vegetarian food or drink).

  • Attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but also be inclusive of the wider vegetarian community.

Examples of events and activities, could include, but are not limited to:

  • Cookery demonstrations.

  • Communal meals.

  • Recipe exchanges.

  • Tasting sessions.

The grants could be used for:

  • Food and ingredients.

  • Room hire.

  • Equipment hire.

  • Transport costs.

  • Cookery demonstration materials.

  • Public liability insurance.

  • Direct costs in delivering the activity.

How To Apply

The deadline for:

  • Large grants is 3 March 2019.

  • Small grants are 17 March 2019 and 14 April 2019.

Guidelines and an application form can be found on the Vegetarian Society website.

Useful links

National Vegetarian Week

Addresses and contacts

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

National Vegetarian Week Team
The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom Ltd
Dunham Rd
WA14 4QG
Tel: 0161 925 2000
E-Mail: [email protected]


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