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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

Music for All - Community Project Funding

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Fund Information

Funding body:

Music for All

Maximum value:

£ 2,500

Application deadline:



The Community Grants programme is administered Music for All, which is the charity of the UK musical instrument industry. The mission of the charity 'is to make more musicians and to enable and inspire more people to discover the mental and physical benefits that playing a musical instrument can bring'.

Objectives of Fund

The grants programme aims to give a helping hand to projects and initiatives across the UK that are seeking to bring music to their community. The funding is for groups that need assistance to fulfil their potential in developing truly sustainable music programmes.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £2,500 are available.

Match Funding Restrictions

The charity is unlikely to be able to meet applications in full, so applicants are strongly advised to also apply to other bodies for assistance.

Who Can Apply

UK-based groups, schools and organisations that are bringing music to their communities can apply.

Priority will be given to applicants who are most in need of help.

The individuals involved in the application must have been resident in the UK for at least three years and be either a British citizen or a national of a member state of the European Economic Area, or have been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK for indefinite period, or hold a right to abode.

Applicants who have been awarded a grant in the last 12 months must wait a year to re-apply.


United Kingdom


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Retrospective costs.

  • Applicants based outside of the UK and Ireland.

  • Applicants present in the UK only for the purpose of education or attending a course of study.

Eligible Expenditure

Typically, community grants are given for the purchase of instruments, associated equipment or for teaching costs. However, all applications are judged on their merit and other project elements may also be considered.

The main aspects that the trustees look for in an application are:

  • The number of new musicians the project will create and support.

  • The sustainability of the project (to ensure that people are able to continue their musical journeys).

  • Whether there are any other organisations supporting the project that can help with funding, or if funding applications have been made to other charities. (Music for All likes to help as many applicants as it can, so often works with other organisations to enable projects to gain the full support required.)

How To Apply

The deadline for applications to the:

  • Spring period is 1 November for funding requirement in the following January.

  • Summer period is 1 February for funding requirement in April.

  • Autumn period is 1 July for funding requirement in September.

An online application form is available to complete on the Music for All website.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Music for All
    Bailey House
    4–10 Barttelot Road
    West Sussex
    RH12 1DQ
    Tel: 01403 800500
    Email: [email protected]

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