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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 Nick Darke Writers' Award

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The Nick Darke Writers' Award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke and was conceived, with the support of his family, by his wife – the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke – following his death. Nick Darke wrote in various forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio.

The Award recognises Nick Darke's impact across the arts and endeavours to continue his legacy through the promotion of talent. The 2020 category is stage play.

Applicants should submit a full stage play script, along with a one-page synopsis. Scripts must be a minimum of 45 minutes in length, and no maximum length.

The winning entrant will receive £6,000. The award provides the time to write, which financial support facilitates.

The competition is open to all national and international writers aged 16 and over. The writer must be the sole original author.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday 4 May 2020.

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

  1. Enquiries
    Falmouth University
    Email: [email protected]

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