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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


Grants and Funding News

2019 Print Futures Awards Open to Young Prospective Publishers

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The Print Future Awards help young people to fund costs associated with a relevant training course in printing, publishing or the graphic arts. The scheme is supported through funding from the Printing Charity, and a range of partners.

The programme is aimed at young people in the UK between the ages of 18 and 30. They may be wishing to train for a job in printing, publishing or the graphic arts, or they could be currently working in these industries and would like the opportunity to develop their skills. They may also be apprentices or otherwise studying for NVQs in print related organisations and require financial assistance whilst studying.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to contribute towards any costs associated with undertaking a relevant training course in printing, publishing, packaging or graphic arts. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in London in early June.

The next deadline for applications is 29 April 2019.

How To Apply

2019 Deadline: Monday 29 April 2019.

An application form is available to download online. Completed forms should be emailed to [email protected]

Interviews of shortlisted applicants will take place in London in early June.

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