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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

Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize Set to Open for 2023 Nominations

Support & Resources

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Annual cash price celebrating an organisation that has made an extraordinary contribution to the alleviation of human suffering.

At US$2.5 million, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award, recognising the achievements of charitable or non-profit organisations around the world.

Nominations for 2023 will be accepted from 19 August 2022 to 28 September 2022.

Music Export Growth Scheme - New Round Open

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Grants are available for independent music companies to showcase UK music projects abroad.

The Music Export Growth Scheme makes grants available to UK-registered independent music companies to assist them with marketing campaigns when looking to introduce successful UK music projects overseas.

The next deadline for applications is 2 September 2022 (23:59 BST).

Funding for Financial and Digital Empowerment Projects

Digital & Technology

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Applications are being accepted by a funding programme designed to help more people in the UK become digitally and financially empowered.

Funding is available to UK charitable organisations for projects to improve people's digital confidence, knowledge and skills to enable them to make more informed decisions about money and have access to financial services.

The deadline for applications is 23 September 2022.

New Grants to Boost International Recognition of UK Regulators

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants are available for UK regulators and professional bodies pursuing international recognition arrangements.

The Recognition Arrangements Grants Programme will provide grants for UK regulators to develop recognition arrangements with their international counterparts, and ensure British professionals have their qualifications recognised overseas.

Expressions of interest for the first round of the programme are open until 16 September 2022 (23:59 BST).

IUK Announces Women in Innovation Awards 2022-23

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Innovation funding, coupled with tailored support, will be awarded to businesswomen in the UK who have enterprising ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation and deliver economic growth.

Applications will be accepted from 22 August 2022 until 19 October 2022 (11:00 BST).

Art Fund Grants to Support the Commission of New Work

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Grants are available to support the commission and acquisition of important new work, and exceptional projects with significant public impact.

Art Fund recognise that there are distinct opportunities and fundraising challenges in realising a commission, and that the acquisition of a commission can be conceptualised and carried out in many different ways.

Applications for small grants can be submitted at any time.

Autumn Round of Rewilding Innovation Fund Open for Applications

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Community groups, public, and private landowners in England, Scotland, and Wales can apply for funding to develop or scale-up rewilding projects on land or at sea.

Rewilding Britain is offering grants of up to £15,000 to help foster new and ambitious rewilding projects, or scale-up pre-existing projects, across Britain. The Rewilding Innovation Fund will support rewilding projects on land and at sea, at a scale of more than 40 hectares, that adhere to Rewilding Britain’s rewilding principles.  

The deadline for applications is 14 October 2022.

Defra Opens UK Seafood Fund: Skills and Training Scheme

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding is available for UK based providers of training relevant to the seafood sector.

The UK Seafood Fund: Skills and Training Scheme will provide a one-off fund to improve training in the seafood industry, including the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors.

The deadline for applications to access funding for training courses and specialist equipment is 12 October 2022 (12:00 BST).

Young Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for 2022 Varsity Pitch Competition

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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An equity-free cash prize of £15,000 is available for entrepreneurial students and recent graduates across the UK.

The Varsity Pitch Competition rewards UK students and recent graduate entrepreneurs who have enterprising ideas that they wish to turn into viable businesses; enabling participants to showcase their unique, creative ideas to the wider community.

The closing date for applications is Friday 9 September 2022 (12:00 BST).

DCMS Launches Media Literacy Programme Fund

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants are available to organisations undertaking media literacy activity projects in England that tackle a range of media literacy challenges.

The deadline for applications is 19 September 2022 (23:59 BST).

Cultural Protection Fund Accepting Applications for Small Grants

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding to support the protection of cultural heritage under threat in one or more of the Fund’s target countries.

Administered by the British Council on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Fund will support efforts to keep cultural heritage and objects safe as well as providing opportunities for local communities to value, care for and benefit from their cultural heritage.

Expressions of Interest are accepted on a rolling basis, before the application deadline of 31 October 2022.

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.


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