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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 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

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The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize rewards authors from around the world in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.

The winners of each category will be published by Wasafiri in print and online and receive £1,000 in cash.

As well as the cash prize, winners and shortlisted writers may be eligible for a Chapter and Verse Award, courtesy of The Literary Consultancy (TLC), worth £2,000, or Free Reads mentoring, to support them as they grow and develop their work.

The competition is open to anyone from across the world who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Entries may come from people of any nationality and any age group.

Entries should be no longer than 3,000 words.

The deadline for entries 5pm on 1 June 2020.

Scheme - Application Form

Useful Links

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

  1. Enquiries
    c/o School of English and Drama
    Queen Mary, University of London
    Mile End Road
    E1 4NS
    Tel: 020 7882 2686
    Email: [email protected]

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