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Grants and External Funding

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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

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

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Grants to support the heritage sector to strengthen its recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the medium term and to build back for positive change across the UK’s heritage.  Application deadline:  28/05/2021

Innovate UK Launches New Round of Innovation Loans

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Businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.  Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field. Proposals can come from any technology and any part of the economy. They must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth, gains in productivity. The deadline for applications is 2 June 2021 (11:00 BST).

Grant funding available via new fund for eligible businesses in England.

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The Department for International Trade has launched its new Internationalisation Fund for eligible businesses in England. The fund is designed to support businesses looking to grow their international trade.  SME’s can apply for match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 which will be available for proposed future activities (subject to eligibility).  


Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants - Improving Lives

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Grants are available for registered charities, social enterprises and constituted charitable groups to help people in the UK when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.  There are six funding priorities:

  • Help at a critical moment
  • Positive choices
  • Accommodation/housing support
  • Employment and training
  • Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements
  • Support networks and family

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.

7stars Foundation

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Grants are available to support young people challenged by abuse and addiction, those who are young carers, and those who are homeless or without a safe place to call home.  Closing date 30 April 2021

Volleyball England Foundation

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Grants are available to support Volleyball England-affiliated clubs.   The Volleyball England Foundation aims to provide financial support to help develop, educate and promote the health of individuals and groups through volleyball. Until December 2021 the Foundation's focus will be supporting the development of Sitting Volleyball.

Calling all community buildings

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The Fellfoot Forward scheme can support community buildings to change to a low carbon, sustainable way of life and focus on opportunities to retrofit and renovate in harmony with the environment, utilising renewable energy, choosing natural materials, and nurturing an ethos of reduce, reuse, repair and recycle.

£3m Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund to Open in Early May

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Grants are available for homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations in England to develop accommodation options that are self-contained, Covid-secure and dignified, to be ready for people sleeping rough by winter 2021/22.

The capital grants round opens to applications on 4 May. The funding prospectus and frequently asked questions will be published at that time.

In the meantime, groups should note the following dates:

  • 21 April 2021: Homeless Link webinar to set out key information about the fund
  • By end July 2021: Decisions due on capital funding
  • By early September 2021: Decisions due on revenue funding

My Funding Central

Helping charities and voluntary organisations identify funding opportunities

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An affordable way to search for funding for your charity, voluntary organisation, community group or social enterprise in England.

The service offers an intuitive search functionality tailored to your fundraising needs. Easy access to thousands of grants and social investment opportunities from local, national and international funding sources, all in one place.

Subscribe to search the comprehensive database containing billions of pounds of up to the minute grants information and social investment opportunities from a range of providers.

Annual subscription fees from £50 to £300   FREE where annual turnover is up to £30,000 p.a.

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Elephant Trust

The next 2021 deadlines are: 11 April 2021 and 27 June 2021

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Grants are available to artists, small organisations and galleries within the UK to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds.

Canoe Foundation

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Grants are available for clubs, community groups and Local Authorities across the UK for projects that improve the accessibility of available waterways and canoeing facilities and protect the natural environment.

Friends of the Lake District Landscape Grants

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Grants are available to charitable organisations, voluntary and community groups, schools, social enterprises and local councils or conservation agencies for projects and activities/events that focus on protecting, enhancing and experiencing the landscape in Cumbria.



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