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Grants and External Funding

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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

Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children

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Grants are available for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations, and charities to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children aged 13 years and younger who experience disadvantage or disability and live in an area of high deprivation.

Homelife Carlisle Grants

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Are you a home owner? Homelife Carlisle has various fully funded home improvement grants to help you and your family stay safe and warm, promote independence in your home and to keep you healthy and well in your home

Triodos Bank

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Triodos Bank finances UK companies, institutions and projects that add cultural value and benefit people and the environment, with the support of depositors and investors who want to encourage corporate social responsibility and a sustainable society through lending, investments and general banking services.

SME Leaders Programme Launches for 2019

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The SME Leaders Programme supports promising leaders of high-growth engineering and technology SMEs. By improving the skills of these leaders, the Academy wishes to encourage the pursuit and growth of excellence in UK engineering.

Tudor Trust

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Grants are available to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society in the UK, encouraging independence, inclusion and integration.

YAPP Charitable Trust

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Grants to support the running costs of very small registered charities in England and Wales working with elderly people, children and young people aged five to 25 years, people with disabilities or mental health problems, people with a history of offending, addiction or abuse, and education and learning. 

Fintech Lender Launches £100m SME Fund

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ThinCats provides commercial loan funding for growing and ambitious UK SMEs across all industry sectors. The provider aims to ‘simplify the traditional bank-dominated commercial lending model by connecting SMEs directly with institutional and retail investors’.

Toy Trust

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Grants are available for registered charities undertaking projects to support disadvantaged and disabled children who are under 13 years of age within the UK and abroad.

Road Safety Trust

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Grants are available to public and professional UK-based organisations for activities that will reduce the risk of death and injury for all road users.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

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Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations, including charities, companies and community trusts, for projects in the areas of culture and the arts that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives in the UK.

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant

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A small number of grants are available to larger not-for-profit organisations for projects in England, Scotland or Wales that provide a significant benefit to communities across the whole of the Centenary region.

National Lottery Awards

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Nominations for The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards are now open. The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards is the annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects and people. The Awards are a great way of celebrating the ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding.

Armed Forces Day Grant

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Grants are available to help organisations and individuals in the UK to host an Armed Forces Day event which can take place within two weeks of the Armed Forces Day event.

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for Entrepreneurs Tackling Climate Change: 2019 Round Open

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Are you an entrepreneur with an innovative start-up that contributes towards a more sustainable planet? Enter the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge, one of the largest annual international competitions for bright entrepreneurs that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. Your idea should be ready to go to market within two years. Pitch your start-up to win €500,000 and six months of expert coaching.

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