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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

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support new music projects

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PRS Foundation Announces 2020 Deadlines.  Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators in the UK.

The PRS Foundation is the UK's leading independent funder of new music and talent development across all genres. It provides the Open Fund for Organisations with the aim of helping to support, sustain and promote the growth of the new music infrastructure in the UK.

The Foundation's current funding priorities are:

  • To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre, with particular interest in the quality of music.

  • To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential, with interest in how the project will develop the songwriters and composers involved.

  • To inspire audiences UK-wide. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level.

Projects must have a clearly defined start/end date and take place within one year of receiving the grant.

The funding can support a range of activities including touring, recording, commission of new music, exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators, and music creator residencies.

Applications are accepted from any not-for-profit organisations based in the UK with an eligible project.

The Open Fund for Organisations has changed from a two-stage application process to a one-stage application process. From January 2020, applicants will be asked to provide details about the project, how it will benefit the creators involved, the activity timeline and balanced budget in one application form.

The 2020 deadlines for applications are 12 February, 8 June and 5 October.

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

  1. Enquiries
    PRS Foundation
    2 Pancras Square
    N1C 4AG
    Email: [email protected]

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