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Grants and External Funding

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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

Youth Music Programme

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Grants are available to a range of organisations for music projects in England that increase the number of children and young people across England who have the opportunity to take part in high-quality musical activities.

Bernard Sunley Foundation

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One-off capital grants are available to registered charities in England and Wales, as well as those with 'accepted' and 'exempt' status, for projects in the areas of community, education, health and social welfare.

Phoenix Fund

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Emergency grants are available for micro- and small-sized organisations in England that are led by representatives of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities to support core costs.

Beyond the Bag Challenge

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Innovators from across the world are being challenged and funded for their innovative new design solutions that serve the function of today’s single-use plastic retail bag, delivering consumer convenience and lessening environmental impacts.

Common Call COVID Fund

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A limited number of grants are available to support black (and Mixed with Black) social entrepreneurs and change-makers making a difference in their local communities in the UK.

First Steps Enterprise Fund

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A loan/grant funding package is available for small community-led charities and social enterprises based and working in England to help them grow their services and become more sustainable.

Postcode Local Trust – Round 2

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Short-term, designated funding is available for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain that improve biodiversity and green spaces, increase community access to outdoor space, or combat climate change and promote sustainability.

Cumbria CVS Covid19 – Funding Advice and Support

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The Covid-19 emergency has created a funding crisis for many charities, social enterprises and community groups across Cumbria and has left many voluntary sector organisations across Cumbria struggling to continue to deliver services, pay staff and meet running costs. Cumbria CVS has dedicated Funding Officers to help your organisation or group.

Fat Beehive Foundation

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Grants are available to small UK registered charities for building websites or digital products that enable them to carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way, resulting in positive social benefit.

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