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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

Arts Award Access Fund (England) - First 2019 Round Open

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The Arts Award Access Fund is designed to help registered Arts Award centres that are experiencing a lack of funds. The programme is active in arts centres, colleges and schools, community projects, libraries, galleries, local authorities, theatres, youth clubs and youth justice settings.

Grants of between £100 and £1,500 are available.

The grant can be used for the following:

  • Discover, Explore or Bronze logs.

  • Bronze, Silver or Gold guidance booklets.

  • Fees for workshops with a professional or specialist.

  • General art materials, printing costs, etc.

  • Tickets for events.

  • Travel to and from a venue.

  • Contribution towards the costs of Gold leadership projects.

  • Hire of specialist equipment or specialist venue.

  • Adviser/project management/staff time.

  • Discover certificates.

  • Moderation costs for Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

  • Specific access requirements, eg BSL/other translators; assistive technology specifically related to the Arts Award project (where renting is not cost effective).

Applications from all registered Arts Award centres based in England can be considered.

The first round for 2019 is now open to applications and closes at 5pm on 1 March 2019.

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