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Open 4 Business Portal

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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


Grants and Funding

Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support - Round 2 Opens for England’s Cultural Organisations

Culture Funding

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The Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support programme has been established to provide emergency funding for culturally significant organisations in England. Those which were financially sustainable before coronavirus (COVID-19) but are now at imminent risk of failure, having exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience, are being supported.

This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted between 29 November 2021 and 28 January 2022 (12:00 GMT) with decisions communicated within six weeks, where possible. 

Social Enterprise Support Fund to Open for New Round of Applications

Community Funding

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Social enterprises in England will soon be able to apply for grants to fund activities which support communities affected by COVID-19, and to help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they are facing as a result of the pandemic

Round one opens at 13:00 on 25 November 2021 and closes at 13:00 on 21 December 2021.

Defra Launches £27m Fund for England's Farmers

Agricultural Funding

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The Farming Investment Fund has been created to promote investment in England’s farming and forestry businesses. It offers grants for purchasing new equipment, and infrastructure projects to help to improve efficiency.

The deadline for Round 1 of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund is 7 January 2022. The initial deadline for the Farming Transformation Fund (Water Management Grant) is 12 January 2022.

Applications Invited for Animal Welfare and Veterinary Research Projects across UK

Animal Welfare Funding

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Petplan Charitable Trust offers grants to registered charities and scientific institutions to support advances in veterinary science and the work of organisations across the UK committed to the health and wellbeing of animals.

The application deadlines are: 26 November for Initial Scientific grants; 10 December for Welfare Grants; and 25 March 2022 for Pump/Pilot grants.


Launch of £100,000 Fund for Green Tech Start-ups

Environment Funding

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Support is available for 'cleantech' start-up businesses from across the county that seek to utilise technology to restore environmental balance and biodiversity, and to tackle global warming.

The deadline to apply is 31 December 2021.

Funding to Support Employment Projects for Young People

Young People Funding

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A funding programme open to registered charities in England and Wales for projects to support young people into employment is accepting applications.

Applications are considered twice a year. The next deadline for applications is 4 March 2022.


Global Start Up Energy Transition Award Reopens for 2022

Energy Funding

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The aim of the Start Up Energy Transition Award is to recognise global start-up companies that have developed innovative products and/or services that contribute to energy system transformation.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 31 January 2022.

HSBC Creates £500m Fund to Help SMEs Decarbonise

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A new funding initiative is being launched to help small and medium-sized UK businesses reduce their carbon emissions and invest in green projects. HSBC UK has announced a new £500 million Green SME Fund to help businesses transition in a low carbon economy.

The Fund will launch in January 2022, at which point the full eligibility criteria will be made available.

Condition Improvement Fund Opens for 2022-23

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Capital funding is available for academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided (VA) schools in England to transform facilities, improve school buildings and create more good school places.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 16 December 2021.

IUK Launches Sustainable Smart Factory Competition

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UK registered businesses, collaborating with partner organisations, can apply for a share of up to £20 million for research and development projects for innovations in digital technologies to reduce environmental impact within manufacturing processes.

The deadline for applications is 26 January 2022 (11:00 GMT).

COVID-19 Recovery Loans for UK SMEs Extended to Next Summer

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A government-backed loan scheme providing additional finance to COVID-hit businesses has been extended by six months.The Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications can be made at any time until the scheme closes on 30 June 2022.

New Fund to Support the England Trees Call to Action Plan

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Funding available to local authorities or not-for-profit environmental organisations in England to develop strategic partnerships and projects which will help to deliver the England Trees Action Plan.

Expressions of interest will be accepted from 3 November 2021 until the deadline of 16 November 2021 (12 noon).

Ansvar Donations Programme

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Grants are available to registered charities promoting healthy lifestyle choices in children and young people. The deadline is 12 November 2021 (11.59pm). It is expected that winning charities will be contacted by 1 December 2021.

Fearless Adventures

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Investment funding and support services are available to UK entrepreneur-led ecommerce businesses to boost their growth and development.  Support may be accessed at any time.

International Collaboration Grants

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Grants are available to support partnerships between UK and international organisations to deliver arts projects which address contemporary social themes.  Applications will be accepted until 4 November 2021.

Recovery Loan Fund Opens for Applications

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Loans are available to support UK charities and social enterprises who have been impacted by coronavirus/COVID-19 and need funds to help them to survive, recover and grow.  The deadline for applications is 21 November 2021 (midnight).

Funding for International Social Relief Projects

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Funding for small to medium sized UK registered charities supporting disadvantaged people in the UK, Africa, or Central and South America.  The next deadline for applications is 31 December 2021 for consideration in February 2022.

Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants Programme

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Small grants are available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families in England, Scotland and Wales.  The next set of quarterly deadlines are: 8 November 2021, 7 February 2022, 9 May 2022 and 8 August 2022.

Ofwat Launches Water Breakthrough Challenge 2

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Support is offered to water companies from England and Wales, together with private sector partners, to develop bids addressing the sector's most pressing challenges. The deadline for the Catalyst Stream is 8 December 2021 (12:00 GMT). The Stage 1 deadline for the Transform Stream is 16 November 2021 (12:00 GMT).


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