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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

IKEA and Lottery Fund Join Forces to Launch New £1.5m Fund for UK on 30 June

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Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations including schools to help improve community spaces and deliver sustainable activities for communities in the UK.  The ‘Places Called Home’ Fund aims to inspire and help people get more involved in their local community as a positive, homely place to be and meet other people.  The scheme will open for applications on 30 June 2021. It will close upon either the receipt of 1,500 applications or 14 July 2021, whichever comes first.

Launch of the Youth Music NextGen Fund

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Grants available to young creatives in Great Britain to help them take a step forward in participating and changing the music industries.  Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 9 July 2021 (17:00 BST).

Ernest Cook Trust - Outdoor Essentials Grant

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This grant supports school travel and transport costs to any centre or provider that can facilitate these ambitions, including: outdoor learning centres, forest schools, countryside parks, woodlands, national parks, farm parks, farms (including city farms), coastal areas and beaches. Trips to outdoor adventure centres for outdoor activities (such as kayaking and climbing) may be considered, but nature connection and environmental learning must be the primary focus.  The current round is open from 8 June 2021 and 180 grants will be available. The application window will close when sufficient grant applications have been approved.

MOD Education Support Fund

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Grants are available to publicly funded schools, academies and free schools throughout the UK to mitigate the effects of significant mobility and/or deployment of their service communities.  Application deadline: 30/09/2021

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.In 2021, given the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19, the Charity has made some temporary changes to its guidelines to provide more flexibility on the types of trip it can support and is now funding day trips rather than residential holidays, with the aim of maximising the likelihood of trips going ahead.  Application deadline: 13/08/2021

Cumbria Business Growth Hub Business Support

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A single point of contact for all business support within the Cumbria Business Growth Hub region, providing advice and signposting based on individual business needs across a range of subjects, including innovation, exporting, accessing finance and training.

The Prince's Trust

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The Trust offers development programmes, training, business start-up assistance, advice, counselling and workshops to young people aged up to 30 in the UK.  Application deadline: None specified

The Pixel Fund

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Grants are available for registered UK-based charities and registered community interest organisations to support projects that promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults.  Application deadline: None specified

Toy Trust

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Grants are available for registered charities undertaking projects to support disadvantaged and disabled children who are under 13 years of age within the UK and abroad.  Application deadline: 30/06/2021

Low Carbon Lake District Grants

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Grants available to community groups and SMEs either operating or having impact within the Lake District National Park for projects to reduce their carbon footprint.  SMEs and community groups operating or having some impact within the Lake District National Park can apply.  Application deadline: None specified

Youth Music NextGen Fund

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Grants available to young creatives in Great Britain to help them take a step forward in participating and changing the music industries.  Application deadline: 09/07/2021

Box Power Charity

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Box Power are expecting to donate £1,000,000 over the next 12 months.   As a Community Interest Company, Box Power want to make a difference to as many North West based charities as possible and are now open to receive applications from all sectors and all sizes.   Grants of up to £20,000 are available.  Application deadline:  None specified  but grants will be allocated over the next 12 months.

Moto in the Community Funding for Local Projects

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Grants are available for community organisations and schools operating within a 15-mile radius of a Moto site for projects and activities that deliver benefits to local communities.  Applications may be made at any time and will be considered on a monthly basis.

Art Fund - Reimagine

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Grants are available to a range of UK arts organisations for projects to transform their activities and build expertise, capacity and connections within and beyond the arts sector.

The following deadlines apply:

  • 5 July 2021.
  • 23 August 2021.
  • 4 October 2021.

Alzheimer's Research UK - Inspire Fund

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The Inspire Fund provides funding for innovative projects that engage the public with dementia and the life-changing research going on into the condition.  The scheme is currently closed but due to open in spring/summer of 2021.  Application deadline: Date to be set

Asda Foundation - Bringing Communities Back Together

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Grants are available to local groups to reunite communities, celebrate togetherness and support groups as coronavirus restrictions are easing.  The closing date for Phase 1 applications to be submitted to the Community Champion is 16 August 2021. However, if funds are depleted before the closing date, the fund will close early. Applicants are advised to check the website to confirm closing dates.

CAF Bank

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Flexible loans are available for UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations looking to sustain or grow their social impact.  Application deadline: None specified

Taking Teaching Further Programme

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Funding available to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education.  Application deadline:  None specified

Tampon Tax Fund Opens for Final Funding Round

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The Government has announced charities across the UK can apply now for projects that improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls in the UK.  The deadline for applications is midnight on 4 July 2021.

The SME Brexit Support Fund

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The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice, if your business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.  Applications will close on 30 June 2021 or earlier if all funding is allocated before this date.

Competition Seeking the Next UK City of Culture

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A competition to find the UK's 'City of Culture' for 2025 has opened to bids. The winning city will become a focus for national attention and could host high-profile media events.  Expressions of interest should be submitted by 19 July 2021.

Poundland Announces New Foundation is Open for Applications

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Poundland, the discount store chain, has set up a new charitable foundation which will make £ 825,000 available in cash grants over the next year. Money for the foundation will come from in-store fundraising, carrier bag donations and the partnership with Pennies, the charity that collects micro-donations through chip and pin machines.  Although no deadline has been specified, there are only 250 grants. Groups should therefore apply as soon as possible.


Funding for Veterans’ Mental Health Portfolio Projects (UK)

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A limited number of grants are available to registered charities for portfolios of projects which will work regionally to develop better, more joined-up, lasting support for local veterans with mental health needs in the UK. A webinar will be held on 24 June 2021 which will provide an overview of the programme and an opportunity to ask questions. Places are limited and registration is required. The deadline for stage one intention to apply forms is 23 July 2021.


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