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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

Moto in the Community Trust

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Grants are available for community organisations and schools operating within a 15-mile radius of a Moto site for projects and activities that deliver benefits to local communities.  Applications may be made at any time and will be considered on a monthly basis.

Better Community Business Network Grant Initiative

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A small number of grants are available each year to small not-for-profit groups which can demonstrate a positive impact on the communities they serve across the UK.  The next deadline for applications is 26 November 2021 (5pm), for awards on 7 December 2021.

Sport England Return to Play - Small Grants Programme

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Grants are available to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations providing sport and physical activity respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.  The programme will remain open until the end of 2021.

Sporting Capital Fund

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Loan funding is available to a wide range of incorporated organisations based and operating in England to deliver projects using sport and sporting facilities that generate sustainable revenue and deliver long-term community impact.  Applications can be submitted at any time.

BlueSpark Foundation

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Grants are available for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England to improve the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities.  Applications can be submitted at any time.

CABWI Lifelong Learning and Development Fund

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Grants are available for grassroots charitable organisations in the UK providing support that enables people to enter the labour market or gain additional skills to further develop their career.  The deadline for stage 1 applications is 15 October 2021 (6pm).

Tesco Community Grants

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Funding to support local good causes with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people.  Applications accepted on a ongoing bases.   

National Lottery Community Fund - Reaching Communities

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Large grants are available to voluntary and community organisations in England for projects that make positive changes in their communities. The grants can be used for the following costs: Direct costs associated with delivering activities in the community, Organisational development, and Core/fixed costs to support the day-to-day running of the organisation.   Applications may be submitted at any time.

Centre for Cultural Value - Collaborate Fund

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Grants are available to support the development of collaborative research projects between UK cultural sector organisations and academic researchers.  

  • Cultural sector organisations: Expressions of Interest may be made between 18 October 2021 and 24 November 2021.
  • Academic researchers: Expressions of Interest may be made between 6 December 2021 and 26 January 2022.

Postcode Dream Fund Opens for Applications for Funding Starting in 2022

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British charities can apply for a large grant to help them deliver the project they have always dreamt of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life.  This years themes are Environmental Systems Change, Social Inequality, and Pandemic recovery.   Stage 1 applications will be accepted from 1 October 2021 to 1 November 2021 (5:30pm).

National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund

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Get up to £10,000

Crowdfunder and the National Emergencies Trust have teamed up to make more than £1.2m match funding available to help voluntary and community organisations in the UK overcome the effects of the pandemic. This exciting new opportunity aims to support long-term sustainability and open up new avenues of income for brilliant local groups who are making a real difference to the people in their communities.  Applications for the fund are open until 22 October.

Magic Little Grants 2021 - Deadline 31 October 2021

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This year funding can go towards any of the below projects: 

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability 
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

Cumberland Building Society Community Fund

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Grants are available for charitable, not-for-profit organisations whose work benefits communities in Cumbria, Dumfriesshire, Lancaster, Preston and Haltwhistle.  The Cumbria Community Foundation is particularly keen to help grassroots community groups and small-to-medium-sized voluntary organisations.  The next deadline for applications is 5 November 2021.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Force for Change Programme

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Grants for local community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration; supporting post-COVID recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation. This year (2021), the programme will support ideas that need small amounts of funding to deliver nimble and focused local projects to Armed Forces communities or small grants to support services, projects and activities that are used by Armed Forces communities, but which are struggling as a result of the impact of the Covid pandemic.   Round 3 - deadline of midday on 19 November 2021 with a decision by 28 February 2022.

Youth Endowment Fund and Comic Relief Invite Applications to £10m Fund

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Funding for up to 10 projects in England and Wales to create a supportive home environment for young people to help keep them safe from involvement in violence.  Grants are available to charities, public services or private sector organisations delivering programmes in England and Wales.  The funder will be looking for applications that help answer this question:

"Which approaches are most effective in helping families and carers to create a supportive home environment for 6 to 14 year-old children (including looked-after children), reducing the likelihood of them becoming involved in violence?"  The deadline for applications is 1 December 2021. 

Funding for Children's Cycle Training in England

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Funding available to current Bikeability training providers and organisations for innovative pilot projects that encourage underrepresented children in England to take part in cycle training.  The deadline for applications is 29 October 2021 (5pm).

Cumbria CVS Funding Fair

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Speak to local and national funders:

  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • The Hadfield Trust
  • Francis C Scott Trust
  • Cumbria Community Foundation
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Cumbria Action for Sustainability
  • Tesco Bags of Help
  • and more...

Wednesday 13 October 2021, Shaddongate Resource Centre Shaddongate, Carlisle CA2 5TY.   10am - 12noon OR 1pm - 3pm

Cumbria Community Foundation Grants

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Cumbria Community Foundation exists to address disadvantage by making life-changing grants and promoting philanthropy. Our funds have been created by our donors and each have their own criteria or area of interest. Most support locally based community and voluntary groups and a number of funds also support individuals.

Bikeability Trust - Widening Participation Fund

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Funding available to current Bikeability training providers and organisations for innovative pilot projects that encourage underrepresented children in England to take part in cycle training.  Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 29 October 2021 (5pm).

Partner-Up Fund

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Grants are available to partnerships of organisations with shared ideas for innovative arts projects that seek to bring about social change and forge strong connections across communities.  The programme will open to Expressions of Interest on 5 October 2021.

Arts Council England - Capital Investment Programme

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Capital funding is available to support cultural organisations in England to adjust buildings and equipment so that they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize on technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact.  The online Expression of Interest form will be available between noon on 5 October 2021 and noon on 26 October 2021.

NHS Opens £680m Unified Tech Fund

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Government has launched a £680 million funding package available to NHS organisations and health care partnerships across England to support technology projects.  Each fund has its own application deadline.   NHS organisations and health care partnerships are eligible to apply. Eligibility varies depending on which fund is selected, so applicants must check the guidance for the specific fund to ensure they meet the criteria.

One Week for Submission of Volunteering Futures Fund Proposals

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Match funding is available to grant making organisations such as charitable foundations and philanthropic institutions to administer high quality volunteering programmes in England based on community and youth initiatives.  The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 26 September 2021.


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