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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

Funding for Start-Up Costs for Community Led Housing

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The Start-Up Support Programme aims to help groups of local people to develop their own community led housing solutions. Funded by the Government, the grant programme is targeted to support the earliest stages of a community led housing group’s development and help community led housing projects at an early stage to explore options, to enable community led housing solutions to become a reality.

2019 Next Generation Awards for Young Entrepreneurs - Imminent Deadline

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The winning applicants will be awarded funding, coupled with other prizes to help support their business or business idea. Prizes: £2,500 cash investment Free office space for 12 months with The Office Group One-year free Enterprise Nation membership and business support for all 30 finalists, including the winners Profile on the Enterprise Nation blog and social media

Tech for Good Fund Accepting Applications

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Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation have joined forced again to provide a total of £2.4 million in funding over the next three years (2019-2021). Grants of up to £48,000 are available for nine months. It is expected that 13 projects will be funded in the first round. In addition to the funding, grant recipients will receive expert support and advice as well as the chance to collaborate and share learning.

Postcode Community Trust Invites Applications for First Round of Community Grants Programme. Round 1 will accept stage one applications from 6 February to 20 February 2019.

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The People’s Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills and resources to effect change in their own communities. The Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

VCSE StrengthChecker

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A diagnostic tool to analyse your organisation and identify areas that could be developed to improve organisational strength. It is not linked to any funding programmes and it is completely free to use.

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.

Hospital Saturday Fund

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One-off grants are available to registered health charities in the UK and Republic of Ireland for medical capital projects, medical care or research, medical training and running costs.

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

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Grants are available to animal welfare charities for projects or activities in the UK that benefit and protect animals, relieve the suffering of animals, address the conservation of wildlife or encourage a greater understanding of animals.

Carbon Trust’s £9.2 Million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator - Second Phase Open

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Do you have an energy reduction technology concept that is ready to be demonstrated in industry? Are you from a forward-thinking industrial site that could be interested in demonstrating an innovative new technology that will reduce your energy costs? If the answer to either of these is yes, then the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) could be of interest to you.

Youth Music Programme Grants

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Grants are available to a range of organisations for music projects in England that increase the number of children and young people across England who have the opportunity to take part in high-quality musical activities. , particularly those who are experiencing challenging circumstances and who face barriers to music making.

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