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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Grants and Funding

Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to Reopen this Month

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Grants available for public sector bodies to fund energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation measures.

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 of the scheme is scheduled to open in September 2022 (the exact date to be confirmed).

Round 2 of IUK’s Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Solutions Competition Announced

Energy, Environment & Climate

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UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply grants for early-stage and mid-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.

The aim of the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Solutions Competition is to establish the UK as a leading innovator in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. Its goals are to deliver cleaner growth across the supply chain, with a dramatic reduction in plastic waste entering the environment by 2025.

Applications will be accepted from Monday 12 September 2022 until Wednesday 9 November 2022 (11:00 GMT).

£110m Fund to Help Level Up England's Rural Communities


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The Rural England Prosperity Fund has been announced as a 'top-up' for councils to deliver as part of the UK Government's levelling-up programme.

The UK Government has allocated £110m to the new Rural England Prosperity Fund to help local authorities support businesses such as farms, wedding venues and pubs.

The submissions window for eligible authorities is expected to be 3 October 2022 to 30 November 2022. The UK Government is expected to make decisions on funding in early 2023 and councils should receive their first payments in April 2023.

Applications Invited to Santander X UK Business Awards for Student and Graduate Entrepreneurs

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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The 2022 edition of a business pitching competition that provides funding awards and mentoring programmes to aspiring entrepreneurs is accepting applications.

Funding awards and mentoring programmes are available to UK student and graduate entrepreneurs to support business start-up or development initiatives.

The deadline for applications is 28 September 2022 (23:59 BST).

Darwin Initiative Grants for Innovation Open to Applications

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding available for projects intending to test a novel approach that if proven could scale to deliver results for biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.

The Darwin Initiative is one of Defra’s Biodiversity Challenge Funds, along with Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund and Darwin Plus. It competitively awards grants for biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction activities in eligible countries, helping these countries meet their commitments under the Multilateral Environment Agreements, Sustainable Development Goals, and national policy.

Applications for Round 29 should be submitted via Flexi-Grant by 7 November 2022.

Darwin Initiative Opens Capability and Capacity Grants

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding available to develop the capability and capacity of national and local organisations to efficiently deliver effective and successful biodiversity conservation.

Applications for Round 29 should be submitted via Flexi-Grant by 7 November 2022.

Government Invites Bids for £120m Future Nuclear Enabling Fund

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Applications for funding to help nuclear energy construction projects in the UK are now open.

The Future Nuclear Enabling Fund (FNEF) has been set up to develop new nuclear energy projects across the UK, as committed to in the Government’s British Energy Security Strategy.

The bid window for applications is now open. Interested parties should register their intention to submit an application by 14 October 2022 (15:00 BST).

IUK Announces Ofgem Round 2 Discovery Competitions

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Grants are available to help deliver net zero and support innovative businesses to grow and scale in the UK.

Innovate UK (IUK), in partnership with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), is delivering the Discovery phase of a programme deriving funding from the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF).

The deadline for applications is 23 November 2022.

IUK Opens Innovation in Professional and Financial Services Competitions

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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UK registered businesses can apply for funding for projects that develop new products and services within Professional and Financial Services.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) programme is to advance the Professional and Financial Services sectors by supporting them in the creation and adoption of digital approaches and new digitally supported services.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 9 November 2022.

New £3m Fund to Support Racial Justice and Equity in the UK

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding for wealth redistribution, equitable access and sustainability for Black and Global Majority communities.

Formed in 2020 in response to disproportionate harms experienced in the Black community, the Baobab Foundation has launched its Collective Fund for UK Black and Global Majority individuals and organisations.

The deadline to register interest is 23.59 on 23 September 2022.


School Partnerships Programme Opens to Applications

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding for primary and secondary schools to support local clusters and established collaboration partnerships who want to collaborate on projects that enhance the teaching and learning of physics.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 1 February 2023.

National Lottery Project Grants to be Decided by UK Public Vote


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Funding to support stronger local networks and engage communities across the UK.

National Lottery Community Fund has announced the launch of the People’s Projects, an award programme which will allow the public to vote for the project ideas they feel most deserving of funding.

The deadline for applications is 7 October 2022 at 12 noon.

Water4All European Partnership First Joint Transnational Call Now Open

Energy, Environment & Climate

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The first call from the newly established Water4All European co-funded partnership has opened to applications.

The call follows a two-step application procedure, with a closing date for pre-proposals of 31 October 2022 (15:00 CET).

The selection of pre-proposals will take place in January 2023, with full proposals invited to make submissions until the deadline of 20 March 2023.

British Science Week 2023 Funding for Community Groups


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Funding for projects which promote science engagement in under-represented groups.

British Science Week (BSW) is an annual programme of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) events and activities that takes place across the UK in March each year.

The fund will open on 21 September 2022 and close on 7 November 2022.

Aviva Launches £2m Cost of Living Boost with Crowdfunder

Health & Social Welfare

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Grants are available through this match funding scheme to assist local not-for-profit organisations in the UK who are working to help local people in financial need.

The £2 million Cost of Living Boost scheme is provided by Aviva plc, a British multinational insurance company headquartered in London, as part of its Aviva Community Fund.

The first step is for applicants to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder.

Prince’s Countryside Fund Opens for Autumn 2022 Round


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Funding for not-for-profit community-led projects that improve the lives of those living in rural communities in the UK.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is currently accepting applications from constituted, not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £500,000 for projects that will create a long-term difference in rural communities across the UK.

The deadline for applications is midday on 11 October 2022.

Next Application Window for Community Gardens Award


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Funding to support the creation or development of community horticultural projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

National Garden Scheme will soon be welcoming applications for the 2023 Community Gardens Award in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Applications will open on 17 October 2022 and close on 31 January 2023.

Improving Observation Capabilities of Biodiversity in UK Waters - New IUK Competition

Digital & Technology

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Funding is available for innovation projects to enhance the assessment of the UK’s waters in relation to biodiversity.

Through this competition, Innovate UK (IUK) is funding innovation projects that can improve the observation capabilities of the UK’s waters. The aim is to achieve better assessment and evaluation of the status and risks to natural capital assets.

Applications can be made between 31 August 2022 and 5 October 2022 (11:00 BST).

Small Grants Available to Support Refugees in England

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to assist refugees with all aspects of settling and integrating in their new communities.

Grants of £500 to £5,000 are on offer to Christian churches and registered Christian charities operating in England.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 9 December 2022.

Sustaining Spaces Fund Accepting Applications


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Funding to support community spaces for trauma-experienced people and communities.

National Survivors User Network (NSUN) has announced a new fund which will enable the continuation of spaces designed for those of shared identity to come together and support one another’s wellbeing.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 16 September 2022.

Health Improvement Fund open for Applications

Health & Social Welfare

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A process to apply for charitable funds to totalling more than £80,000 for community projects is now in place.

Applications are invited for projects that will further partnership working or improve care for people or communities most impacted by health inequalities.

The funds are from legacy monies donated to community services prior to the merger of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.  CPFT pooled these funds and have worked in collaboration with Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) with the aim of maximising the use of the funds and to support with future growth and development.

IUK Announces Farming Innovation Programme Round 2 Competitions

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for funding to carry out projects that benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.

Administered by Innovate UK (IUK), the Farming Innovation Programme is funding ambitious research and development projects that will benefit England’s farmers, growers, foresters and other businesses. The aim is to boost productivity, enhance sustainable practices, improve environmental outcomes and reduce carbon emissions in England’s agricultural and horticultural sectors.

The deadline for applications is 12 October 2022 (11:00 BST).

Grants to Support Cultural Collaboration Between the UK and Germany

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding will allow for the creation and strengthening of artistic partnerships between the two countries.

Cultural Bridge celebrates intercultural artistic exchange through the collaboration of UK arts councils and leading German cultural institutions.

The fund will open on 14 September 2022 and close at 12pm on 26 October 2022.

Al Madad Foundation Announces Dates for Autumn 2022 Round

Health & Social Welfare

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Registered charities will soon be able to apply for the Foundation’s next funding round. This call will focus on projects that specifically address innovative solutions to accessing formal education as well as employment-focused vocational training, answering specific needs and presenting realistic solutions for refugee and displaced children and youths.

The deadline to apply is 11pm (BST) on 4 October 2022.

Bursaries Available for Television Documentary Ideas by Women

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding is available to develop talent-led documentary ideas by a woman or anyone who self-identifies as a woman in the UK.

Four bursaries of £10,000 are available in 2022. Successful applicants will be matched with a mentor to help them realise their ideas.

Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of 16 September 2022.

Funding for Local Community Projects in Great Britain


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Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain to support community projects.

Funding is available to charitable and community organisations in England, Scotland and Wales to support projects that deliver benefits for local communities.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2022.

Funding to Empower Social Housing Residents in England


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New grant to enable non-profit making organisations with social housing sector experience to help tenants take an active role in how their home is managed.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is inviting bids from non-profit making organisations or partnerships in England with relevant expertise in the social housing sector and an understanding of the importance of resident empowerment.

The deadline for applications is 2 October 2022.

Grants to Reduce Barriers to Driving for Disabled People

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding for projects which improve accessibility of private transport in the UK.

Motability is now inviting applications for its next large grants programme, offering between £100,000 and £2 million over one, two or three years.

Applications can be made at any time.

Motability Invites Applications for Travel with Confidence Grants

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to develop, expand and improve confidence in making journeys and active travel for disabled people.

National disability transport charity Motability has announced the final of its six new grant programmes for 2022, which aims to improve experiences of public transport for disabled people.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

DCMS Inviting Applications for an Intermediary Grant Maker for £14m Funding Programme

Health & Social Welfare

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The grant maker will deliver a scheme to fund projects which promote volunteering and tackle loneliness in areas of high deprivation.

Know Your Neighbourhood is a new government fund launching this year to support place-based interventions which increase regular volunteering opportunities and address chronic loneliness across England.

The deadline to apply is 10am on 29 September 2022.

New Deadline for Digital Inclusion Grants

Digital & Technology

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Funding to support Clarion Housing residents to get online and build digital skills and confidence.

Clarion Housing Group has announced the final application window of this financial year for its Digital Grants programme.

The deadline to apply is midday on 21 September 2022.

Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize Set to Open for 2023 Nominations

Support & Resources

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Annual cash price celebrating an organisation that has made an extraordinary contribution to the alleviation of human suffering.

At US$2.5 million, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award, recognising the achievements of charitable or non-profit organisations around the world.

Nominations for 2023 will be accepted from 19 August 2022 to 28 September 2022.

Music Export Growth Scheme - New Round Open

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Grants are available for independent music companies to showcase UK music projects abroad.

The Music Export Growth Scheme makes grants available to UK-registered independent music companies to assist them with marketing campaigns when looking to introduce successful UK music projects overseas.

The next deadline for applications is 2 September 2022 (23:59 BST).

Funding for Financial and Digital Empowerment Projects

Digital & Technology

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Applications are being accepted by a funding programme designed to help more people in the UK become digitally and financially empowered.

Funding is available to UK charitable organisations for projects to improve people's digital confidence, knowledge and skills to enable them to make more informed decisions about money and have access to financial services.

The deadline for applications is 23 September 2022.


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