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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.

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Grants and Funding

New Round of Community Grants from NHS Blood and Transplant

Community

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Funding to raise awareness of organ, blood and stem cell donation in minority ethnic groups.

Previously known as the Community Investment Scheme, the newly named Community Grants Programme has now launched for 2023 and is accepting applications across England and Wales.

The deadline to apply is 8 January 2023 at midnight.

Changes to National Churches Trust’s Grants from 2023

Support & Resources

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The changes are intended to streamline the process of grant applications going forward.

To better align with its incoming 2023-26 strategy, National Churches Trust has made some amendments to its funding programme and application system which are expected to simplify the process of applying.

Grants programmes are expected to relaunch in March 2023.

Edinburgh Fringe Programme Supporting Black, Asian and 'Global Majority' Artists Invites Applications

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding is being provided to help Black, Asian and 'Global Majority' artists across the UK to overcome barriers that would otherwise prevent them from performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Provided by the Pleasance Theatre Trust, the Pleasance Generate Fund has been established to help UK-based Black, Asian and 'Global Majority' artists bring their work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The deadline for applications is 16 January 2023 (10:00 GMT).

Ernest Cook Trust Opens Outdoor Essentials Grant

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants are available to UK state funded Primary and Secondary schools to enable them to get their pupils learning outdoors.

The Ernest Cook Trust is an educational charity that gives grants to not-for-profit organisations in the UK wishing to encourage an environmentally engaged society.

The application window will close when a ceiling number of applications is reached.

Lloyd’s Bank Foundation England and Wales Launches Unrestricted Grants

Support & Resources

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The grants programme will support small organisations addressing complex social issues.

Following the release of its 2022-26 strategy, ‘Building a Better Future’ the Foundation has announced the launch of a Specialist Funding Programme to continue supporting small and grassroots organisations across England and Wales.

The deadline to apply is 3 March 2023, for decisions by 14 July 2023.

Innovate UK Announces Creative Catalyst 2023 Competition

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Grants are available to UK registered micro and small enterprises in the creative industries sector to help them grow their business.

Administered by Innovate UK (IUK), this competition will fund business innovation within the creative industries by providing a package of targeted and continuous support to help businesses to grow.

The competition opens on 5 December 2022. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2023.

New Dates for National Lottery Grants for Heritage over £250,000

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding to connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

Not-for-profit organisations and third sector-led partnerships in the UK can now apply for the largest grants within the National Lottery’s Heritage programme.

The next deadline for grants up to £5 million is 23 February 2023.

Applications for Rank Foundation Awards Now Open

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding to support capital projects in adult member hospices across the UK.

The Hospice UK funded programme is open for applications under the 2022 theme of Environmental Improvements. Projects should help hospices to implement measures that will reduce their impact on the environment and to deliver sustainable healthcare.

The deadline to apply is 20 January 2023 at 5pm.

Future Communities Fund Now Accepting Applications

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Funding for organisations helping to build strong and inclusive communities and engaging meaningfully with young people across the UK.

As part of its new strategy, 'Building Communities of the Future Together', Co-op Foundation has opened an unrestricted grants programme supporting youth engagement in the UK.

The fund is open until 12pm on 23 December 2022.

UK Community Foundations Receive Funding Boost for Ukrainian Refugees

Support & Resources

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The funding will allow local organisations to provide immediate and long-term support to displaced individuals and communities.

Following a £500,000 donation from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, Community Foundations across the UK will be able to provide additional funding to charitable groups supporting Ukrainian Refugees in their local areas. In total, this will bring the amount given by the Freemasons towards assistance for Ukrainians to over £1 million since the onset of the Russian invasion.

Launch of HGV Parking and Driver Welfare Grant Scheme

Support & Resources

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With projects funded by this new scheme, lorry drivers are set to benefit from improved and safer rest areas and roadside facilities in England.

Through the HGV Parking and Driver Welfare Grant Scheme, operators of truck-stops and roadside services can apply for government funding to carry out improvements to driver facilities.

Applications must be submitted by 24 February 2023.

Schools in England Invited to Join National Breakfast Programme

Support & Resources

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Support available to schools in England to provide children with a healthy breakfast.

The National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and delivered by Family Action to support schools in England to provide children with a healthy breakfast at the start of the school day.

Schools must complete an online expression of interest form to participate.

Wave 5 of Funding for Further Education Providers Offering T Levels Opens to Applications

Education, Employment and Training

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The T Levels capital fund is available to support eligible further education providers offering T Levels from September 2024.

The Department for Education (DfE) is providing the T Levels Capital Fund (TLCF) with the aim of helping eligible providers have world class facilities for the delivery of T Levels.

The deadline for applications is 3 February 2023.

Launch of £1.5m Artificial Intelligence for Decarbonisation Innovation Programme

Energy, Environment & Climate

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The Government has launched a new innovation programme which will support the use of artificial intelligence to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Decarbonisation Programme will support the development of innovative artificial intelligence technologies for decarbonisation applications to support the transition to net zero.

The application deadline for the initial two streams is 19 January 2023 (14:00 GMT).

Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing - New IUK Competition Launched

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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UK registered organisations can apply for grant funding for feasibility studies that develop new approaches to improve resource efficiency.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competition is to support UK materials and manufacturing organisations to become more resource efficient. Simultaneous demonstrations of how materials and manufacturing will become more resilient or technologically advanced are encouraged.

The deadline for applications is 21 December 2022 (11:00 GMT).

Deadline Reminder for Armed Forces Families Fund: Early Years

Support & Resources

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Funding to support early years education providers in proximity to an Armed Forces Base.

There are about two weeks left to apply for the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s programme which seeks to enhance childcare provision offers for Armed Forces Families across the UK.

The deadline to apply is midday on 5 December 2022.

£10m Fund Launched to Support UK Foodbanks

Cost of Living

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The funding will help organisations running foodbanks with rising costs and demands.

Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has announced a new grants programme to further the efforts of foodbanks across the UK in tackling the growing food poverty crisis.

Applications must be submitted by 6 December 2022 (4pm).

Canada UK Commercialising Quantum Technology Programme - New IUK Competition Announced

Digital & Technology

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Funding is available for UK businesses and Canadian SMEs collaborating on joint research and development projects to advance the development of quantum technologies, and enable their commercial use cases.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competition is to strengthen collaborative research and development (CR&D) through Canadian and UK partnerships towards commercialising quantum technologies.

The competition opens on 21 November 2022. The deadline for applications is 19 April 2023.

NPC Launches Funds for Charities Tackling Financial Hardship in the UK

Cost of Living

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One-off grants for small charities and other not-for-profit organisations that are supporting local communities in the UK who are facing financial hardship over the next six months.

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) is providing two separate funds in the financial hardship sector, aiming to relieve and reduce financial hardship in the UK.

The deadline for all applications is 16 December 2022 (5pm).

HEE Population Health and Health Inequalities Innovation Fund

Health & Social Welfare

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Health Education England's Long Term Conditions and Prevention team are running an Innovation Fund for education and training and are accepting bids from provider organisations and healthcare systems to design and deliver innovation projects that would support upskilling of workforces around one of four areas:  Health Inequalities, Making Every Contact Count and behaviour change,  Population Health approaches, and  Prevention.  

Its aim is to be able to fund a mix of innovation projects to support education of workforces around improving population health and tackling of health inequalities across England. 

NPC Launches Funds for Charities Tackling Financial Hardship in the UK

Cost of Living

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One-off grants for small charities and other not-for-profit organisations that are supporting local communities in the UK who are facing financial hardship over the next six months.

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) is providing two separate funds in the financial hardship sector, aiming to relieve and reduce financial hardship in the UK.

The deadline for all applications is 16 December 2022 (5pm).

IUK Announces Circular Fashion Programme: Recycling and Sorting Demonstrator Competition

Digital & Technology

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Grants are available for UK-based business-led projects for the demonstration of innovative technologies, services and processes in the UK’s fashion and textile sector.

Administered by Innovate UK (IUK), this competition will fund a research and development activity demonstrator for new technologies, services, processes and business models addressing recycling and sorting challenges within the fashion and textile sectors and their direct supply chains.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11 January 2023 (11:00 GMT).

New Unrestricted Grants from Co-op Foundation

Community

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Funding for organisations helping to build strong and inclusive communities and engaging meaningfully with young people across the UK.

As part of its ‘Building Communities of the Future Together’ Strategy 2022-27, Co-op Foundation is preparing to launch the Future Communities Fund to support charitable organisations building communities.

The scheme will open on 25 November 2022 and close at midday on 23 December 2022.

Launch of £1m Challenge for Innovations to Transform Learning in the UK

Education, Employment and Training

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This £1 million prize fund will support and reward individuals with bold ideas that have the potential to transform education and learning in the UK.

The Big Education Challenge has been established to fund innovative ideas with the potential to transform education and learning in the UK. The aim is to offer both young and experienced innovators the support needed to bring their ideas to life.

Entries must be submitted by midnight on 8 February 2023.

Charities Aid Foundation Offering Unrestricted Grants Programme

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to build capacity and resilience for organisations promoting social equity.

Grants of £5,000 to £50,000 are on offer to UK charitable organisations addressing social injustice or working towards social equity to build a fairer society for all.

The deadline to apply is 23 November 2022.

Fund for Green Tech Start-ups Invites New Applications

Energy, Environment & Climate

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

Through the GreenTech Fund, Simmons & Simmons wants to tackle the climate crisis by encouraging innovative solutions from around the world. The Fund is seeking emerging green tech start-ups that are focused on using technology to mitigate the climate and biodiversity emergencies.

The deadline to apply is 15 January 2023.

Teacher Development Fund – Deadline Reminder

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding to support the delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom.

Groups have two weeks left to apply for Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF)'s programme promoting partnership working between arts-based organisations and primary schools in the UK.

The deadline to apply is 22 November 2022 at 12 noon.

CLA Charitable Trust Announces Application Deadlines for 2023

Health & Social Welfare

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Applications are invited from community organisations in England and Wales for projects that demonstrate the wellbeing and environmental benefits of the countryside.

Funding is available to charitable organisations working to help those who are disabled or disadvantaged to visit and participate in learning experiences about the countryside in England and Wales.

The first 2023 deadline for applications is 6 February, to be followed by deadlines on 26 April and 31 August.

England’s Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund Opens to New Bids

Energy, Environment & Climate

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A fund designed to encourage collaboration and peer-to-peer learning for the protection and enhancement of local landscapes in England is open to new applications.

The seventh round of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund for farmers and landowners in England is now open.

The deadline for applications is 25 January 2023 (23:59 GMT).

Fifth Round of Youth Music Incubator Fund Opens for Applications

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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A national funding programme designed to support the creation of music career opportunities for young people aged 18-25 is accepting applications.

Funding is available to businesses, collectives and not-for-profits working in Great Britain's music industries to help create sustainable, meaningful career opportunities for young people aged 18-25, especially those who are currently underrepresented in the sector.

The deadline for applications to Round Five of the Incubator Fund is 2 December 2022 (17:00 GMT).

Global Start Up Energy Transition Award Opens for 2023

Energy, Environment & Climate

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National and international start-up companies working on ideas affecting global energy transition and climate change are being supported through this programme.

The Start Up Energy Transition Award is an international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide that are working on ideas affecting global energy transition and climate change.

The deadline to apply is 16 January 2023.

IUK Announces Future Flight: Closing the Skills Gaps Competition

Transport, Infrastructure & Communications

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UK registered organisations can apply for funding to develop upskilling initiatives that tackle the immediate skills gaps of the UK aviation industry.

The Innovate UK (IUK) Future Flight Challenge is investing in projects to close aviation industry skills gaps. The aim of this competition is to create and deliver course content and materials that will support skills, talent and training across the future flight sector.

The competition opens on 21 November 2022. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2023.

Lloyd’s of London Foundation Seeking Charity Partnerships

Community

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Funding to promote community resilience across the UK.

Registered charities in the UK can now apply to the latest grants programme from Lloyd’s of London Foundation, an independent charity founded and funded by Lloyd’s.

The deadline to apply is 23.59 on 11 December 2022.

Comic Relief Community Fund Reopens to Applications

Community

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Funding for organisations and projects which harness lived experience of communities to bring local benefit.

Administered by Groundwork UK, the Comic Relief Community Fund exists to support work across England that aligns with four strategic themes.

The deadline to apply is 30 November 2022.

Social Action Fund for Schools Opens 1 November

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants available to schools in England to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.

The Ormiston Trust is a grant-giving trust that primarily supports schools and organisations that provide direct assistance to children, young people, and families across England.

The fund will open to applications on 1 November 2022 with a deadline of 16 December 2022.

Competition Launched to Improve Rail Passenger Experience at UK Stations

Transport, Infrastructure & Communications

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UK organisations from all sectors can access support for innovations that improve passenger experience at railway stations.

The Station Innovation Zone Competition is part of Connected Places Catapult’s Station Innovation Zone programme. The programme’s vision is to use trials to pave the way towards the ‘station of the future’. Connected Places Catapult aims to do this working with innovators to develop solutions that improve a passenger’s experience when travelling through stations and that enable more efficient, safer use of rail assets.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 13 November 2022.

National Lottery Community Fund Outlines Cost-of-Living Support Strategy

Cost of Living

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The funder has given details on plans for responding to communities in need in the coming months.

In light of the emerging economic crisis, the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has sent out a message to community organisations across the UK working to support beneficiaries during this time, ensuring its commitment to flexible and responsive support.

New Fund Offers Support for UK Initiatives to Address E-Waste

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Virgin Media O2 and Hubbub have launched a £500,000 fund to boost innovation in tackling electronic waste.

Funding is available to UK organisations to support innovative approaches to tackling e-waste, with a focus on small electrical devices.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 14 December 2022 (17:00 GMT).

Armed Forces Families Fund Supporting Partners of Serving Personnel

Support & Resources

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Funding to find creative ways to reduce the challenges of service life for spouses.

Armed Forces Covenant Trust has partnered with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide the new Supporting Partners: Innovation programme, which is offering one-year grants of £20,000 to £50,000.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 12 December 2022.

Upcoming IUK Competition - Innovative Technologies for Nucleic Acid Medicines Manufacturing

Digital & Technology

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UK registered organisations can apply for grants to fund industrial research projects focused on manufacturing innovation for nucleic acid medicines.

This Innovate UK (IUK) competition aims to improve the resource efficiency, productivity and scalability for the manufacture of nucleic acid medicines in the UK. This will be achieved by stimulating the development and implementation of innovative technologies. This must allow for growth at scale including, but not limited to, emerging products targeting large patient populations.

The competition opens on 7 November 2022. The deadline for applications is 21 December 2022 (11:00 GMT).

Applications Invited for BBC Children in Need’s Project Grants

Children & Young People

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Funding to support activity costs of groups working to support children and young people.

Alongside its new Core Grants programme, BBC Children in Need will also continue to offer funding for defined projects with a focus on children and young people.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

IUK Announces Competition for Digitalisation and Automation of Medicines R&D and Manufacture

Digital & Technology

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UK organisations can apply for grants to support digitalised and automated technology innovation and implementation for pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

This Innovate UK (IUK) competition aims to encourage the development and implementation of innovative digital and automated data collection technologies. These technologies should measurably increase the speed and resource efficiency of pharmaceutical process development and manufacturing productivity.

The competition opens on 7 November 2022. The deadline for applications is 21 December 2022.

Uber Launches Fund for Black-owned Restaurant Businesses

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Uber is delivering financial support to help Black-owned restaurants that are recovering from the pandemic and/or struggling with the energy price hike.

The Uber Black Business Fund aims to help Black-owned businesses in the restaurant industry that are experiencing financial pressures. Evidence shows that Black-owned businesses in particular are facing disproportionate challenges in accessing the finance they need.

Applications will close on Friday 25 November 2022 (23.59 GMT).

BBC Children in Need Offering Grants for Core Costs

Children & Young People

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Funding to support essential organisational costs of groups working to support children and young people.

As part of its new grant-making Strategy 2022-25, BBC Children in Need has launched a grants stream for core costs, now accepting applications.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

Cost of Living

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Grants to support registered charities and good causes in local communities across the UK to alleviate poverty, improve health and save lives.

The Charitable Foundation makes donations to registered charities, recommended by members and colleagues, who support beneficiaries such as children, those seriously ill, the elderly, homeless and disabled people in the UK.

Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for application each year are: 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility Supply Chain Competition Launched by IUK

Transport, Infrastructure & Communications

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UK registered organisations can access funding for projects to develop technologies and capabilities in the Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) supply chain.

Through this competition, Innovate UK (IUK) will invest in projects to develop Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) technologies, products and services into commercial offerings to exploit early and medium term commercial markets in the UK and abroad.

The deadline for applications is 11 January 2023.

Education Trust Capacity Fund Opens Second Funding Round for 2022

Education, Employment and Training

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An £86 million grants programme to support trust growth and development across England has opened a new application round.

The Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) will award funding to support trust growth and development across England.

Applications for the second 2022-23 funding window are now open until the deadline of 16 December 2022.

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