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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

Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants - Improving Lives

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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.  There are six funding priorities:

  • Help at a critical moment
  • Positive choices
  • Accommodation/housing support
  • Employment and training
  • Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements
  • Support networks and family

BlueSpark Foundation

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Grants are available for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England to improve the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities.

7stars Foundation

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Grants are available to support young people challenged by abuse and addiction, those who are young carers, and those who are homeless or without a safe place to call home.  Closing date 30 April 2021

Volleyball England Foundation

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Grants are available to support Volleyball England-affiliated clubs.   The Volleyball England Foundation aims to provide financial support to help develop, educate and promote the health of individuals and groups through volleyball. Until December 2021 the Foundation's focus will be supporting the development of Sitting Volleyball.

Calling all community buildings

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The Fellfoot Forward scheme can support community buildings to change to a low carbon, sustainable way of life and focus on opportunities to retrofit and renovate in harmony with the environment, utilising renewable energy, choosing natural materials, and nurturing an ethos of reduce, reuse, repair and recycle.

£3m Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund to Open in Early May

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Grants are available for homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations in England to develop accommodation options that are self-contained, Covid-secure and dignified, to be ready for people sleeping rough by winter 2021/22.

The capital grants round opens to applications on 4 May. The funding prospectus and frequently asked questions will be published at that time.

In the meantime, groups should note the following dates:

  • 21 April 2021: Homeless Link webinar to set out key information about the fund
  • By end July 2021: Decisions due on capital funding
  • By early September 2021: Decisions due on revenue funding

My Funding Central

Helping charities and voluntary organisations identify funding opportunities

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An affordable way to search for funding for your charity, voluntary organisation, community group or social enterprise in England.

The service offers an intuitive search functionality tailored to your fundraising needs. Easy access to thousands of grants and social investment opportunities from local, national and international funding sources, all in one place.

Subscribe to search the comprehensive database containing billions of pounds of up to the minute grants information and social investment opportunities from a range of providers.

Annual subscription fees from £50 to £300   FREE where annual turnover is up to £30,000 p.a.

Visit My Funding Central

Elephant Trust

The next 2021 deadlines are: 11 April 2021 and 27 June 2021

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Grants are available to artists, small organisations and galleries within the UK to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds.

Canoe Foundation

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Grants are available for clubs, community groups and Local Authorities across the UK for projects that improve the accessibility of available waterways and canoeing facilities and protect the natural environment.

Friends of the Lake District Landscape Grants

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Grants are available to charitable organisations, voluntary and community groups, schools, social enterprises and local councils or conservation agencies for projects and activities/events that focus on protecting, enhancing and experiencing the landscape in Cumbria.


Fund for UK’s Smallest Sports Clubs in Financial Difficulty Due to Open Shortly

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The £4 million Clubs in Crisis Fund aims to support the UK’s smallest sports clubs that are at risk of closing their doors for good due to the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  Grants of £2,021 will be available to help with core, programme or capital costs.  Grassroots sports clubs across the UK can apply for unrestricted grants from 12 April 2021.  

Cumbria CVS Focus on Funding Update 30 March 2021

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Please find attached the latest edition of the Focus on Funding Update – another bumper edition from the Health and Care Project at Cumbria CVS with lots of funding related information and news.  Please feel free to include in any newsletters and please circulate to your contacts and through your networks to help bring much needed funding into the third sector in Cumbria – thank you.

Sky Media Announces £2m Sky Zero Footprint Fund

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Media agencies, creatives and brands across the UK can access funding to help accelerate and amplify positive environmental messages and behavioural change, through TV advertising.

Funding body: Sky Media

Maximum value: £ 1,000,000

Application deadline: 14/05/2021

Launch of £250,000 Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs Competition

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The Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs Competition aims to help businesspeople bring their enterprising ideas, imagined during the coronavirus lockdown, to fruition.

Successful participants will be awarded grants to grow or buy the basics they need to commence trading.

The competition has an overall budget of £250,000.


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