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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.

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Grants and Funding

Forestry Commission Launches Grants to Boost Domestic Tree Seed Production

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Domestic tree seed production is to be ramped up with new government funding.

The funding is designed to boost domestic tree seed production. The grant also aims to improve the diversity of England’s seed supply, for example, by increasing the range of species and provenances available.

The final deadline for applications is Sunday 13 November 2022 (23:55 GMT).

Rosa Inviting Applications for Campaigning and Influencing Work

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to enable women and girls to use their voices to achieve change.

The Voices from the Frontline fund is a one-year programme supporting grassroots activism and awareness-raising of issues facing women and girls in the UK.

The deadline to apply is 4pm on 3 November 2022.

FCC Communities Action Fund for England Opens for Autumn Applications

Community

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Non-profit groups and Local Authorities located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment landfill site can apply now for grants to support amenity projects in 2023.

The FCC Communities Foundation awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund, having provided over £250 million to more than £7,500 projects across the UK since 1997.

The deadline for applications is 7 December 2022 (5pm).

Funding for Innovators Developing Products or Services to Benefit People Living with Dementia

Health & Social Welfare

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This programme invests in innovations to improve the lives of people in the UK who are affected by dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society Accelerator Programme is open to engineers, designers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs with an idea for a product or service that will change the lives of people affected by dementia.

The deadline for applications is 25 October 2022.

Kellogg’s School Breakfast Club Fund Reopens for Applications

Children & Young People

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Schools across the United Kingdom can now apply for funding to support breakfast club initiatives for children.

Kellogg’s, in partnership with Forever Manchester, is offering grants of up to £1,000 to schools to help fund breakfast clubs across the UK and ensure that children who need it most receive a morning meal.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Launch of £9.2 Million Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Competition

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Training providers in England can apply for funding to offer training for people working in the energy efficiency, retrofit and low carbon heating sectors.

The Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Competition has been created to fund training for people working, or who want to work, in the energy efficiency, building retrofit and low carbon heating sectors.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 17 October 2022.

Family Action - Welfare Grants Programme

Cost of Living

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Grants to support families and individuals for essential personal and household needs to assist families and individuals with low incomes, particularly those living on benefits.

Family Action aims to support families during times of hardship to enable them to become stronger, happier and healthier.

Applications are accepted any time.

Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants - Improving Lives

Cost of Living

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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.

Applications can be submitted at any time. There are no deadlines and applications are assessed as they are received.

Little Lives Children's Community Support Programme

Cost of Living

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Grants are available for smaller UK community organisations that work with children to help them deliver activities and services.

The aim of the programme is to support smaller organisations that work with children and which may be struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The next deadline for applications is 30 September 2022.

Friends of the Elderly - Grants for Older People

Cost of Living

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Small grants are available to support older people living on low incomes in England and Wales with the costs of home essentials, unexpected large bills, living costs and getting connected online.

The funding is intended to support older people who are of, or over, state pension age (66 years) and living on low incomes in England or Wales.

Applications can be made at any time and are dealt with in date order.

 

Asda Foundation - Empowering Local Communities Grant

Cost of Living

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Grants are available to community groups in the UK to support a broad range of activities which can contribute towards transforming their community and improving the lives of people in their community. Funding to support cost-of-living is included in this round of funding.

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

Sport England: Active Together (with Crowdfunding)

Cost of Living

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Grants are available for not-for-profit community sport and physical activity groups in England who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign to support those experiencing financial difficulty due to Covid-19, the emerging energy, cost of living or other local crisis.

The funding is intended to help sport and physical activity organisations to move forward with priority projects and running costs that they might be struggling with due to the pandemic or the cost of living crisis or other local crisis situations such as adverse weather.

Aviva Community Fund - Cost of Living Boost (with Crowdfunding)

Cost of Living

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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. Aviva is the largest general insurer and a leading life and pensions provider.

Aviva will match donations pound for pound up to £250 between 4 October and 31 December 2022 or until the entire £2 million is allocated.

Independent Age – Cost of Living Grants Fund

Cost of Living

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The Cost-of-Living Grants Fund is provided and administered by Independent Age, a charity working to enable older people to stay independent and live well with dignity, choice, and control.

The charity launched this Grants Fund in response to the negative impact the cost-of-living crisis is having on the lives of millions of older people in the UK.

Phase 1 applications will be accepted from 1 September to 16 September 2022 with notification of decisions on 3 October 2022.

Innovate UK Announces Inclusive Innovation Awards 2022/23

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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The aim of this competition is to fund and support a diverse portfolio of UK businesses that have a track-record in developing inclusive innovations.

Through the Inclusive Innovation Awards, Innovate UK is celebrating and showcasing businesses that are developing innovations centred on equality, diversity and inclusion in their design and development.

The Awards are open for applications from 26 September 2022 until 9 November 2022.

New Round of IUK’s Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition Launched

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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UK SMEs can access loans that are affordable, patient and flexible for late stage innovation projects that have a clear route to commercial success.

Innovate UK (IUK) is offering loans to help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) overcome barriers to their innovations becoming a successful, commercial reality. The aim is to make a considerable economic impact which results in significant, sustainable business growth.

Funding is being allocated across a series of competitions. Round 6 is now open with a deadline for applications of 9 November 2022 (11:00 GMT).

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund Opens for Young Offender Employment Project Applications

Children & Young People

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Funding to support not-for-profit projects to help young people with criminal convictions secure meaningful employment in the UK.

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund is currently accepting applications from across the UK for projects that work with young people with criminal convictions (up to the age of 25 years) to find meaningful and secure employment.

The deadline for applications is 28 October 2022 (noon).

Asda Foundation Offers Cost of Living Grant to Local Groups Across the UK

Cost of Living

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Funding to support local community groups who are facing an increase in their running costs (rent, utilities and food costs) between September 2022 and February 2023.

Asda Foundation’s new Cost of Living Grant will provide grants of between £500 and £2,000 for activities taking place before 28 February 2023.

Applications will be accepted by Asda Community Champions the week commencing 19 September 2022 until the budget cap is reached (estimated to be February 2023).

Teacher Development Fund Reopens for 2022

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is now inviting applications for the next round of its Teacher Development Fund to promote partnerships between schools and arts-based organisations in the UK.

The deadline to apply is 22 November 2022 at 12 noon.

Castle Studies Trust Accepting Applications for Autumn 2022

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding is available for individuals and organisations to help advance the understanding of Castle Studies.

The Castle Studies Trust is offering grants of up to £10,000 including VAT to support the production of new and discrete pieces of research that enhance the understanding and knowledge of castles

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2022. 

Cultural Bridge Fund Now Accepting Applications

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding to foster artistic collaboration between the UK and Germany.

Cultural organisations in the UK with experience of socially engaged/participatory practice can now apply for their share of a £180,000 funding pot from Cultural Bridge.

The deadline to apply is 12pm on 26 October 2022.

2023 International Dylan Thomas Prize for Literary Opens to Applications

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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This worldwide competition is open to young writers of any nationality to recognise exceptional literary work.

The International Dylan Thomas Prize is an annual competitive award provided in partnership by the Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea University to recognise and reward literary talent in young authors.

The closing date for entries to the 2023 Prize is Friday 4 November 2022.

British Gas Energy Trust Offering Fuel Poverty Grants

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding to clear the energy debts of struggling households in Great Britain.

The funds will cover debt arrears of up to £1,500. The Trust does not award cash payments and will instead credit the householder account.

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

Carbon Emissions Reduction and Innovation Funds Accepting Applications

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding to empower householders to engage positively with the transition to net zero and for the development of innovative products and services related to energy.

Energy Saving Trust has launched the next round of its Carbon Reduction Fund and Innovation Fund to benefit domestic energy consumers in Great Britain.

The deadline to apply is 6 October 2022 (5pm).

Energy Redress Scheme Opens for Main and Small Grants

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations across Great Britain.

Energy Saving Trust has launched the next phase of its Energy Redress Scheme, offering £22 million across four streams.

The deadline to apply is 6 October 2022 (5pm).

Pre-launch Announcement of Energy Markets Financing Scheme

Energy, Environment & Climate

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A scheme designed to help UK energy companies and financial markets dealing with the effects of high and volatile energy prices will be launched in the autumn.

The Government has announced a new scheme to address the liquidity requirements faced by energy firms operating in the UK’s wholesale gas and electricity markets. HM Treasury, working with the Bank of England, will launch the Energy Markets Financing Scheme (EMFS) later this year.

The opening date is expected to be published by the end of October 2022 or sooner.

The Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Funding News

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We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and pay tribute to Her Majesty’s lifelong devotion to service and duty.

As the UK enters a period of mourning, we recognise that there will be national days for mourning and reflection which we expect to observe.

We would encourage groups to check the websites of the funders they are following.

Al Madad Foundation Now Open for Autumn 2022 Round

Children & Young People

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Funding to improve the educational experiences of refugee and displaced children in the Middle East and Europe.

This call focuses 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 4 October 2022 (11pm BST).

IUK Announces PEMD Scale-up Manufacturing Competitions

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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UK registered businesses and partners can apply for grants to scale up manufacturing in the power electronics, machines and drives supply chain.

Innovate UK’s Driving the Electric Revolution will invest in projects that enable the scale-up of Power Electronics Machines and Drives (PEMD) manufacturing to develop a resilient, cross-sectoral, UK supply chain for these enabling technologies critical for net zero.

Applications are accepted from 12 September 2022 until 7 December 2022.

Launch of Centre for Print Research Innovation Vouchers

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Vouchers are available to support UK-based businesses undertaking feasibility studies, prototyping, and research and development to test their ideas or solve problems.

The Centre for Print Research Innovation Vouchers are provided by the University of the West of England.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 30 September 2022.

Road Safety Trust Invites Applications for Main Grants

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to support projects and research aimed at making roads across the UK safer for all road users.

The Road Safety Trust is now offering grants of £25,000 to £300,000 for vital research and practical interventions into new approaches to road safety under its Main Grants programme.

The deadline to apply is 19 October 2022 at 5pm.

Further Support for England's Artists and Creative Practitioners

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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This development fund is designed to support independent creative practitioners and ensure excellence is thriving in England’s arts and culture sector.

Provided by Arts Council England, Developing your Creative Practice is a fund designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in England’s arts and culture sector.

The current round is open until 4 October 2022 (12:00 BST).

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

Community

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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.

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