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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

Phase 2 of Youth Investment Fund Now Open for Applications

Children & Young People

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Funding to support the delivery of new and renewed youth facilities within a short timescale.

Applicants must be working with children and young people, where the majority are aged 11 to 19 years. Where young people have a special educational need, are leaving care, or are considered 'at risk' or vulnerable, funding may be granted up to the age of 25 years.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with Grant Committees expected to be held until March 2024.

September Deadline for PRS Foundation's Open Fund for Music Organisations

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Applications are being invited to a fund designed to help support, sustain and promote the growth of the new music infrastructure in the UK.

Funding is available for not-for-profit organisations based in the UK to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators.

The deadline for applications is 14 September 2022 (6pm).

Techstars Launches Pre-Accelerator with Audi to Promote Innovation in Mobility

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Support is available for mobility-focused entrepreneurs to help them progress their early-stage businesses.

The Techstars and Audi Mobility Pre-Accelerator is a ten-week programme that provides individual founders, with an innovative idea or early-stage company in the mobility space, the training, tools, mentorship, and network to prepare them for the next level.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 1 November 2022.

Grants Available for Great Big Green Week Events


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Community groups can be awarded up to £300 to host community events during Great Big Green Week (GBGW) 24th September – 2nd October 2022.

CAfS can provide up to £300 of funding for venue hire, publicity materials, speaker expenses, film hire, other activities and equipment.  Any surplus generated through donations should be retained by your group.

Building Safety Fund Opens to New Applications in England

Communities - Urban & Rural Development

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Owners of high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding in England can now apply for funding to meet the costs of making their properties safe.

The Government originally announced the Building Safety Fund in the Budget on 11 March 2020, to fund the remediation of cladding on high-rise residential buildings over 17.7 metres tall in England.

The deadline for new applications is 1 January 2025.

New Government Grants to Tackle Homelessness and Rough Sleeping

Health & Social Welfare

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The fund seeks transformative projects to deliver quality services for individuals experiencing rough sleeping in England.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), in partnership with Housing Justice and Homeless Link, has announced £10 million of funding until 2025 to address homelessness and improve Night Shelter provision across England.

The deadline to apply is 26 August 2022, for notifications in October 2022.

Innovate UK Launches Community Research Networks Expression of Interest Competition


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UK non-profit organisations and public bodies working in collaboration can apply for funding to support proposals to form a Community Research Network in their area.

Over the next four years, Innovate UK (IUK) is investing in the creation of a series of Community Research Networks across the UK with the aim of delivering economic, social, and cultural benefits from research and innovation to all UK citizens.

Applications are accepted from Monday 25 July 2022 until Wednesday 14 September 2022.

Branching Out Fund Reopens for 2022/23 Planting Season

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Grants are available for schools, community groups, parish and town councils, and Tree Warden Networks to support tree planting projects that involve young people up to the age of 21 across the United Kingdom.

The deadline for applications is 4 December 2022. 

DCMS Launches Media Literacy Taskforce Fund

Health & Social Welfare

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Grants are available to support projects piloting new methods of delivering media literacy interventions to ‘hard to reach’ citizens across England.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 August 2022 (09:00 BST).

Cumbria CVS Funding Fairs

Funding News

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Cumbria CVS is a registered charity and membership organisation, helping organisations to develop and improve by providing training and advice. If you're interested in learning more about the support and training on offer, visit one of the upcoming Funding Fairs.

Sport England to Pause Applications for a Month from 25 August 2022

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund and Active Together (Sport England’s crowdfunding initiative) will be paused from 25 August until late September 2022.

The temporary deadline to submit applications is 24 August 2022 with the expectation that applications can be submitted again from the end of September 2022.

Continuo Foundation Offering Support for Period Music Ensembles Across the UK

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available for professional ensembles playing period music and instruments to mobilise projects of outstanding artistic merit and create meaningful work for freelance period musicians, whilst engaging a wide range of audiences with historically informed live performances.

The deadline for applications is 15 August 2022. 

New Deadline Announced for Berkeley Foundation’s Resilience Fund

Health & Social Welfare

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Launched in 2011 with the aim of supporting young people to develop and thrive, the Berkeley Foundation has announced its next round of funding. This time, there is a focus on organisations promoting mental health in young people from Black and minoritised communities.

The next deadline is 31 August 2022, for a decision by Christmas 2022.

Government Launch £180m Fund for Brownfield Land Release

Communities - Urban & Rural Development

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Funding available to support local authority partnerships in England to help unlock surplus land and property.

One Public Estate (OPE) is a partnership between the Office of Government Property (OGP) in the Cabinet Office (CO), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The deadline for applications is 19 August 2022.

#iwill Fund Receives £12m Investment Boost

Children & Young People

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The additional funding will contribute to the provision of social action opportunities for young people across England.

The National Lottery Community Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have each announced an additional £6 million of funding into their partnership programme, the #iwill Fund, taking its total investment to £66 million.


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