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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

CIMSPA ReTrain to Retain

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100% funded training and support is available for sport and physical activity professionals and volunteers who have had to find work outside the sector or had their hours reduced during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Application deadline: None specified


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Financial support is available for farmers and landowners in the UK to help them plant more hedges.  Application deadline: None specified


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Financial support is available for farmers and landowners in the UK to help them plant more woodland on a large scale.   Application deadline: None specified

Film Hub North - Engine Fund

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Funding and strategic support are available to film exhibitors in the North of England to help rebuild and grow their audiences.  The deadline for applications is 31 December 2021.

Dairy Futures Loans

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Loans for UK businesspeople with the determination and ability to succeed in dairy farming to a sustainable size of dairy enterprise as quickly as possible.  Application deadline: None specified

The Local Digital Fund Opens New Round

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Funding available for local authorities in England to support digital innovation projects that will transform public services.  Applications to Round 5 must be submitted by the 26 September 2021 (11:59pm).

Build UK India - Industrial Net Zero

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Funding and a programme of support are available to UK advanced digital technology startups to explore applications of their existing products and services with established Indian corporate partners that hold aspirations in leveraging digital technology, to optimise resource usage and processes.  The deadline for applications is 23:59 BST on 10 October 2021.

£270m Green Heat Network Fund Launches in Spring 2022

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Public, private and third sector organisations in England will be invited to apply for capital funding to help new and existing heat networks move to low and zero carbon technologies.  The scheme will open for applications in April 2022. It is anticipated to run until 2025.

Cumbria CVS funding news

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Cumbria CVS funding update.  If you want our help, advice and support in relation to funding for your not-for-profit organisation or group please contact Cumbria CVS by emailing: [email protected]     If you do not have access to email, please call 01768 800 350

Funding for Black and Minoritised Women's Organisations

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Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations, led-by-and-for Black and minoritised women, that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to support their core costs and enable continued service delivery in England.    The deadline for applications is 3pm on 1 October 2021.

Nesta Healthy Ageing Fund

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A combined investment and grant funding for start-up companies in the UK that are working to improve health outcomes in later life. The fund aims to support offering products or services to increase healthy life expectancy and reduce health inequalities.  The fund is open for applications now, through to 31 March 2023.

Funding to Increase Awareness of Living Kidney Donation in the UK

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Grants for community and faith and beliefs organisations in the UK for projects that positively engage Black, Asian, Mixed Race and minority ethnic communities in living kidney donation as well as projects focused on addressing health literacy and other capability barriers across the general population.  The deadline for applications is 12 September 2021 (22:00).

Thomas Wall Trust Reopens Grants Programme for Charities

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Funding for UK registered charities for specific projects or core activities that equip disadvantaged people aged 18 and over with the necessary communication skills for employment.  Expressions of Interest are currently being accepted for consideration at the November 2021 meeting.

Funding to Help UK Communities Connect and Thrive

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Large grants are available to voluntary and community organisations in the United Kingdom for projects that will build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections. Grants of up to £300,000 are available, for up to two years.  It is expected that up to 20 awards will be made for the 2021/22 period.  Applications may be made at any time while funding remains available.

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Opens for Second Round of 2021

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Funding for small to medium-sized non-profit organisations for projects focused on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders, and resettlement.  Applications will be accepted from 9am on 1 September until 30 September 2021 (5pm).  Applications will close once the number of accepted applications reaches 40 or by the deadline, whichever is soonest. If the grant round closes early, the application form will NOT be accessible to complete. Applicants are encouraged to apply early and not wait to the deadline.

Launch of Tree Health Pilot Scheme

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The Forestry Commission has opened expressions of interest to pilot a new scheme designed to protect trees from pests and diseases in parts of England.  Expressions of interest may be submitted now. No deadlines have been specified at this stage.

Imminent Deadline for Youth Music Incubator Fund

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Grants are 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 is 20 August 2021 (17:00 BST).

Nationwide Building Society Mutual Respect Grant Fund

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Grants are available to grassroot football clubs in the UK whose activities have increased mutual respect on or off the pitch, to support costs including replacing equipment or completing repair work. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on 15 August 2021.

Digital Skills for Heritage - Digital Volunteering Funding

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Grants are available to help UK heritage sector organisations or partnerships to establish new digital volunteering opportunities across the sector. Opportunities should focus on digital activities and/or activities that can be carried out at distance.  Application deadline: 16/08/2021

Mental Health Sustainability Fund

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Grants are available to improve sustainability and longevity of not-for-profit groups working in the field of mental health in England.  The deadline for applications is 13 August (midday).

Future Fashion Factory Innovation Funding

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Grants are available for UK businesses operating in the high value fashion and textile industries to support innovative R&D projects.  The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 30 September 2021 (17:00 BST).


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