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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

Launch of the 2020 International Radio Playwriting Competition

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The International Radio Playwriting Competition is opportunity for new and established writers in the UK have their play broadcast across the globe via the BBC World Service. The competition also offers winners a cash prize and a trip to London.

Entrants should write a radio play of approximately fifty-three minutes’ length on any subject of their choice, featuring a maximum of six central characters.

Two prizes are available, for the best radio plays by writers with either English as their first language or English as their second language. Both winners’ plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service.

The prize for each of the two winners will consist of £2,500 sterling and a trip to London (standard airfare and accommodation for one person) to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast and attend a prize-giving event. The winners should make themselves available for other BBC programmes and publicity.

If repeated on the World Service, a sum of £1,250 sterling will be payable for the first repeat cycle and thereafter the BBC will have certain broadcasting and other rights, all in accordance with the contract.

Anyone aged 18 or over and living outside the UK – whether an established writer, completely new or anywhere in between, may apply. Professional and previously published writers are eligible to enter, but this is not a requirement of entry.

The competition is open until 31 January 2020.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
    BBC Radio Drama
    Room 6015
    Broadcasting House
    Portland Place
    W1A 1AA
    Email: [email protected]

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