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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

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.

Enterprise Relief Fund

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Funding is being offered to help 18-30-year olds from across the UK, who are self-employed and/or running their own company, to keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus crisis.  Application deadline: None specified

Eastern New Energy Grants

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Grants available to SMEs in England for projects to improve energy efficiency and/or reduce carbon emissions. Application deadline: None specified

DPD Eco Fund

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Grants are available to charities, community groups, schools, small businesses and other local organisations in the United Kingdom for green projects and environment-friendly initiatives.  Application deadline: None specified

Alternative Provision Year 11 Transition Funding Announces 2021 Round

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Funding available to alternative provision (AP) schools and colleges to support current year 11 students into post-16 education.   Alternative Provision Year 11 Transition Funding Announces 2021 Round.  FE colleges and independent schools will need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) and commissioner letter by the deadline of 25 June 2021.