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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.




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Grants and Funding

Launch of the UK Energy Markets Financing Scheme

Energy, Environment & Climate

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A loan scheme designed to help UK energy companies and financial markets dealing with the effects of high and volatile energy prices has opened to applications.

The Government has launched a new scheme to address the liquidity requirements faced by energy firms operating in the UK’s wholesale gas and electricity markets. The Energy Markets Financing Scheme provides resilience to firms, and the economy, reducing the eventual cost for businesses and consumers.

The deadline for applications is 27 January 2023.

NatWest Partners with Black Seed to Support UK Black Entrepreneurs

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Support is being provided to help Black entrepreneurs in the UK set up and succeed in business.

NatWest Bank and Black Seed, a venture capital seed fund dedicated to Black founders in the UK, are working together to support over 10,000 Black entrepreneurs to ‘fast-track’ their businesses.

The deadline to register for free tickets to the start-up weekend in Brixton is 23 October 2022.

Round 6 of Local Digital Fund Opens to Bids from England’s Councils

Digital & Technology

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The Government is inviting local authorities in England to submit proposals for projects that solve a common local government issue.

The Local Digital Fund aims to help England’s councils transform their digital services in line with the Local Digital Declaration.

Applications to Round 6 must be submitted by the deadline of Thursday 24 November 2022.

New Fund Offers Grants to Improve On-the-Go Recycling Points in Great Britain

Energy, Environment & Climate

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A new grant programme designed to support delivery of ambitious, large-scale projects that will transform recycling in public spaces is inviting applications.

Funding is available to support four new projects in Great Britain to introduce or improve public recycling points in areas of coverage that include waterways, such as coastline, riverways, canals, docks or wetlands.

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2022.

Entries Open for 2023 Green Alley Award for Europe's Eco-entrepreneurs

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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This business competition will support, fund and promote green economy start-up companies and eco-entrepreneurs from across Europe.

The Green Alley Award is a start-up competition focused on the green economy, dealing specifically with the challenges of the throwaway society, the scarcity of resources and the recovery of raw materials. It is targeted at 'green' entrepreneurs from across Europe with business ideas for the circular economy and new ways of improving waste and recycling industries.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 21 November 2022.

Grants for Securing a Fairer Future Now Available

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to address systemic inequity whilst building the power and capacity of people and organisations.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the largest grant-making institutions in the UK, has reopened its Fairer Future funding stream with revised priorities.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Zero Emission Propulsion - IUK Announces New Collaborative R&D Competition

Energy, Environment & Climate

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UK registered businesses can lead applications for funding to carry out net zero propulsion innovative projects.

Forming part of the Future Economy Net Zero programme, this Innovate UK (IUK) competition will focus on net zero propulsion technologies for the transport sector. It supports the Government’s drive for zero emission transport and systems as part of the net zero commitment for 2050.

Applications are accepted from 17 October 2022 until 7 December 2022.

Deadline approaching for Electrical Safety Fund

Health & Social Welfare

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Charities, community safety organisations, and other not-for-profit organisations across the United Kingdom have until 23 October to apply for funding to support electrical safety projects and activities.

In response to the cost-of-living crisis and the likelihood of electricity safety being compromised by financial issues, Electrical Safety First is offering grants of up £5,000 for fire and rescue services, community safety groups, trading standards authorities, and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK to deliver projects addressing electrical safety.

The deadline for applications is 23 October 2022 (midnight). 

LGBT+ Consortium Seeking Applications from Small Groups


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Funding to support the work of smaller targeted, intersectional voluntary organisations.

With less than a month until the deadline, the LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund has opened a ‘Really Small Grants Programme’ to attract smaller grassroots applicants.

The deadline to apply is 30 October 2022.

Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Opens New Phase

Energy, Environment & Climate

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A new phase of funding for public sector bodies to fund energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation measures will open to applications on 12 October.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to provide grants to public sector bodies to fund energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation measures.

Phase 3b will open to applications on 12 October 2022 at 2pm. The deadline for applications will be the 31 October 2022.

abrdn Financial Fairness Trust

Cost of Living

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Grants are available for strategic work, including policy work, campaigning and research, which has the potential to improve financial wellbeing at a national scale in the UK, especially for those on low-to-middle incomes.

The funding is intended for strategic work, including policy work, campaigning and research, which has the potential to improve financial wellbeing at a national scale.

The next deadline for applications is 4 February 2023 (13:00).

British Gas Energy Trust

Cost of Living

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Grants are available to individuals and families across Great Britain to be used to write off their energy debts.

British Gas Energy Trust is an independent charitable body set up to support individuals and families who are struggling to pay their bills, regardless of energy provider.

Applications can be made at any time until the funding runs out.

Education Endowment Foundation Opens Autumn Funding Round

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants are available to organisations to help raise the standards of underperforming schools in England.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) grant funding tests the impact of high-potential projects aiming to raise the attainment and wider outcomes of 3 – 18 year-olds, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The deadline for applications to the autumn 2022 funding round is 30 November 2022.

Housing Advisers Grants Open to Applications


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Grants of £20,0000 available to support local authorities seeking to innovate in meeting the housing needs of their communities.

The Local Government Association's (LGA's) Housing Advisers Programme is designed to support local authorities deliver a project that helps meet the housing need of their local area.

The deadline for applications is the 24 November 2022.

Launch of Industrial Energy Transformation Fund - Phase 2 Autumn 2022

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding is available to help businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with high energy use reduce their carbon outputs.

The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) supports industrial sites with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 13 January 2023. This is the last currently planned application window.

Hospice UK Invites Applications for Grants to Improve Frailty Care Models

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding for projects which offer an innovative effective way to support older people with frailty.

Adult hospices which are a member of Hospice UK can now apply for grants to deliver projects that demonstrate and share effective and innovative ways of caring for, and working with, older people with frailty.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 5 December 2022.

Innovate UK Announces Net Zero Living: Pioneer Places Competition

Energy, Environment & Climate

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UK businesses and local authorities can apply grants to plan for a place based demonstration of ways to accelerate progress towards net zero.

Through this programme, Innovate UK will invest in projects for local authorities and businesses to develop detailed local plans for innovative approaches to the delivery of net zero targets.

Applications open on 26 October 2022 and close on 30 November 2022.

Second Round of Youth Music Catalyser Fund Opens for Applications

Children & Young People

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The second round of a strategic funding programme to support organisations delivering music projects for young people in England is accepting applications.

Funding is available to UK based organisations who are running music projects in England for children and young people (aged 25 or under) to sustain work, scale-up delivery, or create change in sector practice.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest for Round Two is 4 November 2022 (5pm).

Phase 2 Launch of IUK’s £20m Hydrogen Transport Hub Demonstration Competition

Transport, Infrastructure & Communications

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UK businesses and collaborations can access grants to demonstrate how green hydrogen can be used to power transport solutions for end users.

Innovate UK (IUK) is awarding funding to create a long-term sustainable demand for hydrogen from transport and to de-risk hydrogen’s adoption for transport owners and operators.

The application deadline for both strands is 30 November 2022.

Young Foundation Offering Grants for Research and Innovation


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Funding to support creation and sharing of community knowledge to address societal challenges in the UK.

Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Community Knowledge Fund seeks to foster stronger community connections to research and knowledge sharing.

The deadline to apply is 7 November 2022.

The Cumbria CVS Funding Fair

Funding Events

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The Cumbria CVS Funding Fairs are back! Join us at our Carlisle fair on 20 October.

This is fantastic opportunity for local groups to come and directly engage face to face with local & national funders and support groups regarding projects/funding requirements.

Tickets are free, and attendees can choose to book a morning (10am – noon) or afternoon (1pm – 3pm) slot.

Exploring Nature: Grants for Natural Heritage Projects

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Are you part of a group or organisation with an interest in running your own nature project? Do you need funding support for your idea but are not sure where to get started?

The National Lottery Heritage Fund are running a free webinar to support groups and organisations based in the North West of England that are interested in applying for funding for nature projects.

North West: Thursday 27th October, 2.00 – 4.00pm, Online.

Ofwat Launches Water Breakthrough Challenge 3

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Support is offered to water companies from England and Wales, together with private sector partners, to develop bids addressing the sector's most pressing challenges.

The Water Breakthrough Challenge has been created to reward businesses developing innovative solutions to the water sector's biggest environmental challenges, benefiting society and the environment.

The deadline for the Catalyst Stream is 8 December 2022. The Stage 1 deadline for the Transform Stream is 9 November 2022.

Tesco Community Grants


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Grants are available to non-profit making, constituted groups and organisations for local good causes that focus on supporting children and families in the UK.

Funding is aimed at projects that focus on supporting children and families and those groups that address food insecurity

There are no deadlines. This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time. Groups can also reapply at any time.

Newcastle Building Society Community Fund


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Grants for community organisations for projects to improve the local community.

Support provided by the Society must ‘make a difference’ and be the reason why the project or (or activity) would be initiated. The current call supports employability, debt management, food poverty, homelessness, social isolation, and the environment for those living in the North East England, Cumbria or North Yorkshire areas.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 2 October 2022.

Groundwork: One Stop - Community Partnership

Cost of Living

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A partnership programme providing grants to support not-for-profit organisations who are working to tackle food poverty or supporting the elderly within the local community.

Applications can be made at any time.

Co-op Community Fridge Fund


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Grants are available to non-profit organisations across the UK to establish a new Community Fridge to minimise food waste.

Co-op have partnered with Hubbub Foundation to build on their existing network of Community Fridges around the UK.

The deadline to apply is 30 October 2022.

Hubbub - Community Fridge Food Hub Fund


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Grants are available to non-profit organisations with an open community fridge to develop additional 'food hub' activities across the UK.

The funding is intended to increase the social and environmental impact of community fridges by allowing them to deliver their own activities that will bring local people together and provide access to healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

The fund will open on 3 October 2022 and close at 23.59 on 7 November 2022.

Asda Foundation - U18 Better Starts Grants

Children & Young People

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Grants for local organisations in the United Kingdom to support activities for children under 18 years old to improve their lives and transform the community.

The Asda Foundation, set up in 1988, supports a range of good causes around the UK, including support to charities, playgroups and football teams.

The closing date for Round 3 applications is 11 November 2022.

FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund

Cost of Living

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A fund for food businesses in the UK to offset the costs of sending good quality surplus food to good causes, helping the people who need it most.

The FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund is aimed at offsetting the costs faced by food producing companies seeking to redistribute their edible surplus comestibles to charities and community groups helping vulnerable people.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

DCMS Funding for Product Testing of Enterprise Connected Devices

Digital & Technology

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A funding programme to support research into potential security vulnerabilities in internet-connected office devices is accepting applications.

A grant is available to a UK business to support research into the cyber security of office devices which can connect to the internet, to ensure they are properly protected against hackers.

The deadline for applications is 29 October 2022 (14:00 BST).

Deadline Announced for Energy Globe Awards 2023

Energy, Environment & Climate

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The global awards acknowledge and reward large and small projects addressing climate change.

The Energy Globe Awards are presented annually to demonstrate existing and feasible solutions to many of the world's biggest environmental problems.

The deadline for submissions to the 2023 award is 14 February 2023.

#iwill Fund Offering Next Round of Youth Social Action Grants

Children & Young People

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Funding to allow young people the chance to make a difference in their communities.

Made possible by a £66 million joint investment from the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the #iwill Fund is a UK-wide initiative aimed at empowering young people aged 10 to 14.

Groups should visit their local Community Foundation website for more information.

Comic Relief Community Fund for England Announces Next Round


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Funding to drive positive change and promote social justice in local communities.

Non-profit groups across England will soon be able to apply for the second round of Comic Relief’s Community Fund, administered by Groundwork.

The application window will open on 31 October 2022 and close on 30 November 2022.

England’s Local Authorities Invited to Apply for New Phase of Home Upgrade Grants

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding is available for local authorities to improve the energy performance and heating systems of certain homes in England.

The Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) is a government-funded grant scheme that provides energy efficiency upgrades and low carbon heating to low-income households living in the worst quality, off-gas grid homes in England.

Applications will be assessed at two deadlines: 18 November 2022 and 27 January 2023.


Round 3 of Clean Maritime Demonstration Competitions Launched by IUK

Digital & Technology

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UK registered businesses and partner organisations can apply for funding to support innovative clean maritime technologies.

The Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) aims to fund real world demonstrations of clean maritime technologies in an operational setting. Proposals must develop, test and deploy novel clean maritime technologies focused on both on-vessel technologies and related shoreside infrastructure, including at ports and harbours.

The deadline for applications is 9 November 2022.

Wave 2 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund for England Now Open

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Local authorities, combined authorities and registered providers of social housing can now apply for funding to improve the energy performance of their social homes.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) has been established to upgrade a significant amount of the social housing stock currently below Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C up to that standard.

The Wave 2.1 competition has now been launched. It closes on 18 November 2022. The submission of applications will open at least five working days before the close of the competition. The Government will confirm details of the submission process in October 2022.

Bursaries for Hospice Staff Across England and Wales

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding for the professional development of hospice staff to improve quality of patient care.

With funding from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, Hospice UK has launched a bursary programme for hospices (both adult and children’s) in every Masonic Province in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Deadline Reminder for Big Bikes Revival Grants Programme

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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Voluntary, community and not-for-profit across England have until 10 October to apply for funding to deliver cycling projects and events that promote cycling to people who do not normally cycle.

Cycling UK is offering grants of up to £3,000 for voluntary, community, and not-for-profit organisations across England to deliver cycling events for beginners, people returning to cycling after a period of inactivity, and other people who do not cycle regularly or are experiencing challenges and perceived barriers to access.

The deadline for applications is 10 October 2022.

Clarion Futures Invites Applications for Youth Project Grants

Children & Young People

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Funding for innovative community activities that improve the lives of young people.

Non-profit groups supporting Clarion Housing residents and the wider community can now apply for the latest grant scheme from Clarion Futures.

The deadline to apply is 12 noon on 20 October 2022.

ITV Launches Fund to Support Travel Firms Returning to Growth

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Financial support is being provided to holiday firms in the UK to boost their growth following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working with Travel Weekly, ITV has launched a new fund to support the travel industry’s return to growth. The Backing Business Fund is designed to give new and lapsed TV brands across the travel sector the opportunity to benefit from TV advertising to grow their business.

This finite fund will operate until the end of June 2023, unless the complete fund value has been used at an earlier date due to demand.

COSARAF – Hardship Grants

Cost of Living

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Grants are available for third party social organisations to support individuals and families across the UK who are in financial need and have exhausted all other sources of funding.

This fund aims to support individuals and families who are struggling with everyday costs, such as basic living expenses, household items and utilities, or rent arrears.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are taking advantage of all support offered by local services, including the referring social organisation.

Government Expands Start Up Loans for New Businesses

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Enhanced support is now available through Government backed loans for innovators and entrepreneurs starting out in business.

The Government has announced enhancements to the eligibility criteria of the Start Up Loans initiative. The £884 million scheme is designed to help innovative new businesses starting up across the UK.

This is an ongoing programme. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Hubbub Foundation Offering Grants to Develop Community Food Hubs


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Funding for Community Fridges to increase their social and environmental impact.

As part of its partnership with the Co-op, Starbucks Foundation and Rothschild Foundation, Hubbub will be launching a new Community Fridge Food Hub Fund to expand community-based food activity provision.

The fund will open on 3 October 2022 and close at 23.59 on 7 November 2022.

IUK Announces Circular Economy for SMEs Innovating with NICER - Round 2 Competition

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Funding is available for UK businesses to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches.

Through this Innovate UK (IUK) competition, businesses and their partners can access funding to support feasibility studies, industrial research and experimental development projects that address the challenges of transitioning to a circular economy.

The competition opens on 13 October 2022 and closes on 7 December 2022 (12:00 GMT).

Phase Two of Industrial Fuel Switching Competition Now Open

Energy, Environment & Climate

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UK businesses will be funded to support the development of solutions to switch industry from high to low carbon fuels.

The Industrial Fuel Switching Competition supports innovation in the development of pre-commercial fuel switch and fuel switch enabling technology for the industrial sector, to help industry switch from high to lower carbon fuels.

Applicants need to register by 11 November 2022 (14:00 GMT) if they plan to apply to the competition.

Reopening Date for Grants for a Fairer Future

Funding News

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Funding to tackle injustice and structural inequality to create a more inclusive society.

After releasing details of its new funding strategy in July 2022, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has now announced the Fairer Future grants stream will once again be accepting applications from October 2022.

The fund is expected to reopen on 12 October 2022.

The Mini Budget – What it Means for Businesses

Funding News

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The Chancellor has announced the newly-formed Government’s initial borrowing and spending plans in his first fiscal statement.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, has delivered his Mini Budget statement to Parliament, outlining the Government’s new Growth Plan, designed to boost the UK’s stalling economy. The statement comes in the midst of a cost of living crisis and follows a warning from the Bank of England that the country may already be in recession.

Following this Mini Budget Statement, a full Budget is expected to occur later in the year.

2023 Unloc Young Entrepreneurs Challenge to Open in October

Children & Young People

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An annual competition to support the development of young UK entrepreneurs will soon open for applications.

Financial awards, a mentorship package and pro-bono support are available to young entrepreneurs based in the United Kingdom and Europe to accelerate their business idea or start-up.

The 2023 competition will open for entries on 3 October 2022 and close to entries on 20 January 2023 (17:00 GMT).


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