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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


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Innovation funding available for sector partners from arts, museums, heritage and libraries

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The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Innovation Fund in Fundraising looks to invest in programmes that can provide specific support to individuals or organisations working in specific sectors to encourage better practice and innovation in their fundraising models. 

To find out more about previous recipients of Innovation fund bursaries click here.

Applications are now open for the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy 's next round of Innovation Funding, supported by Arts Council England.

We invite applications for projects that focus on addressing a fundraising need. This could involve intelligence-gathering, targeted training or new initiatives to explore the needs of a particular part of the sector. They could be for an activity in one location or in different regions across England, or digitally based.

Funding will support two projects with up to £5,000 each, with the initiative completed and reporting submitted before 31st December 2020.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy would expect to work collaboratively with you to develop the project and can support you through:

  • Helping to shape and evaluate your project

  • Signposting participants to other Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy activity such as our free E-learning programmes and our data benchmarking service

  • Providing marketing support for your project and identifying future funding sources as needed

To apply, please prepare an outline of your project including:

  • The idea and its significance to your part of the sector

  • Why it demonstrates innovation

  • The need for the work

  • The activity itself

  • How learning will be disseminated throughout the sector more broadly

  • A draft budget

Applications should be no longer than 3 sides of A4.

Please email your application to David Johnson before 31st January 2020.

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