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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Grants and Funding

Launch of £60m Life Sciences Innovative Manufacturing Fund

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Grants are available to support businesses investing in life sciences manufacturing projects in the UK.

The fund will operate across two phases, with monthly deadlines to submit applications. The first deadline to apply is Thursday 31 March 2022.

Innovate UK Launches £25m Loan Fund for Innovative SMEs

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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UK SMEs can access loans that are affordable, patient and flexible for late stage innovation projects that have a clear route to commercial success.

Funding will be allocated across a series of four competitions. The first competition is now open with a deadline for applications of 13 April 2022 (11:00 BST).

AllChurches Trust Announces Name Change and New Grant Scheme

Health & Social Welfare

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A new mental health fund, set to be launched in late March 2022, will coincide with the Allchurches Trust’s rebranding and renewed emphasis on widening its social impact.

Full details of the Brighter Lives Grant Programme will be provided as they become available.

Forestry Commission Opens Tree Production Innovation Fund for 2022

Energy, Environment & Climate

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The Tree Production Innovation Fund (TPIF) is designed to encourage the development and adoption of new technologies and ways of working that will enhance the quantity, quality and diversity of planting stock available for tree planting in England.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 11 May 2022 (23:55 BST).

May Deadline for Football Foundation's Community Pitch Maintenance Fund

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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Funding is available for grassroots football organisations in England to sustain football pitches already at a 'good' level and to enhance pitches that are either considered 'poor' or 'basic'.

The deadline for completion of PitchPower inspections is 31 March 2022. The deadline for submission of applications to the Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund is 1 May 2022.

Turing Scheme to Open to Applications for 2022

Education, Employment and Training

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Schools, colleges and universities in the UK can apply for funding for global opportunities for students. The 2022 funding round is due to open at the end of March.

The online application portal will open to applications on 31 March 2022. The deadline for applications is 29 April 2022.

Launch of £288m Fund for Green Heat Networks Across England

Energy, Environment & Climate

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The Government has announced the launch of its Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) to fund low-carbon technologies like heat pumps, solar and geothermal energy. The scheme is supporting the rollout of the next generation of heat networks, enabling more towns and cities to take up this established technology.

The scheme opens its first application round on 14 March 2022, with a deadline for applications of 27 May 2022. This will be followed by quarterly rounds until the scheme closes in 2025.

New Grants to Tackle Climate Injustice in the UK

Energy, Environment & Climate

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As part of its Food for the Planet project, registered charity Sustain is delivering small grants to support communities to campaign and advocate for food and climate justice in their local areas.

The deadline to apply is 15 April 2022.

First Details of Rosa’s Stand With Us Fund Released

Health & Social Welfare

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Rosa, a grant-making charity focused on grassroots women’s organisations, has announced a new scheme dedicated to supporting victims of male violence in their recovery and helping women across the UK to feel safe and protected.

The fund is expected to open in spring 2022, with more details published in due course.

Art Fund Opens Funding for Student Opportunities

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Art Fund is offering funding to help museums, galleries and visual arts organisations provide paid opportunities for full-time university students to gain meaningful, developmental work-experience that enables them to further explore their interest in the arts, and related future career options before they graduate.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Social Enterprise Support Fund to Open for Round 2

Communities - Urban & Rural Development

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Social enterprises will soon be able to apply for the next round of grants to assist in their recovery from the pandemic and allow them to continue supporting communities which have been disproportionately impacted.

Applications will open on 28 February 2022 and close on 24 March 2022.

Theatre503 Invites Submissions for International Playwriting Award

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Theatre503 is service for new writers and is intended to be a launchpad for artists who bring their words to life. The Theatre503 International Playwriting Award is search for the best new plays and most talented new playwrights in the world.

The application deadline is 21 March 2022 (12:00 GMT)

Historic England Announces Grants to Celebrate Working Class Histories

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Community and heritage organisations will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £25,000 for projects which engage with a wide range of heritage and enable people to creatively share overlooked or untold stories of their communities.

The fund will open on 23 February 2022 and close on 23 May 2022.

Funding for Repair and Conservation Projects in Victorian Theatres Across UK

Support & Resources

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The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is offering grants of up to £15,000 to support capital repair and conservation works in listed Victorian Theatres across the United Kingdom. The Victorian Theatres Small Repairs Fund will enable groups to deliver capital works with a vital, urgent, and/or historical significance to help list theatres thrive as cultural, heritage, and community assets. 

The deadline to register interest with the Foundation is 15 March 2022. 

LEGO Foundation Launches Grants to Support Early Childhood Development

Children & Young People

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Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), not-for-profits, research organisations and businesses can apply with innovative and transformational projects which focus on children’s wellbeing whilst also addressing global social issues.

Applicants must register their interest before 4pm US Central Time on 7 April 2022.

Active Communities Funding Now Available in Parts of Scotland


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Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £40,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

The Active Communities funding opportunity is now open in parts of Scotland. Applications for funding will close on Wednesday 3 March at 1pm.



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