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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

£12m Fund to Boost UK Tech Firms Launching this Summer

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Funding is being made available to help tackle challenges facing small UK tech firms and grow regional support networks to level up investment and innovations around the country.

Applications are expected to open in June 2022, with a deadline in August 2022. (These dates are merely indicative at this stage.)

Launch of £2.5m Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) R&D Competition

Digital & Technology

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Through the Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) R&D Competition, the Government is providing innovation funding to support the development and demonstration of High Temperature Gas Reactor (HTGR) technology in the UK.

The deadline to Register to enter the competition is 16 May 2022 (14:00 BST).

New Fund Opens to Rid Local Streets of Chewing Gum


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Administered by Keep Britain Tidy, and supported by some of the country’s major chewing gum producers, the Chewing Gum Task Force Grant Scheme is open to councils across the UK who wish to clean the gum off the pavements in their local areas and invest in long-term behaviour change to prevent gum from being dropped in the first place. 

Formal applications will be welcomed in a two week window between 9 May and 23 May 2022.

National Lottery Community Fund Invites Dialogue on Future Community Support


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Groups and organisations across the UK have an opportunity to participate in a conversation on how the National Lottery Community Fund can best support UK communities to prosper and thrive going forward.

The National Lottery Community Fund, which offers funding through several different grant programmes, will continue to accept applications during the strategic review. The NLCF is the largest funder of community activity in the UK, awarding £3.4 billion through more than 72,000 grants in the last five years.

Taking Teaching Further Fund Opens New Round

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding available to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education.

Round 5 is now open to applications.

Recruitment to both strands will close on 15 December 2022.

Youth Music Launches Trailblazer Fund for England

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding is available to organisations in England to run projects for children and young people (aged 25 or under) to make, learn and earn in music through Youth Music's new Trailblazer Fund.

The deadline for Round 1 applications is 13 May 2022 (5pm).

Launch of UK Seafood Fund: Infrastructure Scheme

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Grants are available for businesses involved in fishing, processing or aquaculture with the aim of strengthening the seafood supply chain through infrastructure projects.

Round one is open for applications until 24 May 2022.


Wolfson Foundation Announces Sustainability Fund

Energy, Environment & Climate

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The Sustainability Fund is intended for organisations that have been awarded a capital grant from the Wolfson Foundation before January 2020 and who need to improve the environmental and financial sustainability of their buildings.

The application window for Round 1 runs from 30 March to 25 April (17:00) with decisions by 15 June 2022.

Spring Statement 2022 - Measures Announced to Support UK Businesses

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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The Chancellor has delivered his Spring Statement, including a range of new business support interventions.

Alongside measures aimed at easing financial pressures on households and families, Rishi Sunak announced a series of actions to support businesses, building on previously publicised interventions at Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021.

Home Office Launches New Round of Funding for Safer Streets


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Funding is available for interventions aimed at tackling neighbourhood crime, anti-social behaviour and VAWG, improving the safety of public spaces for all.

Round four is open applications from 18 March 2022 for ten weeks. The application window will close at the end of May 2022.

Magic Little Grants Fund Returns for 2022


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Small local charities and community groups can apply now for small grants to support community projects in Great Britain that address a number of different themes.

Applications will be accepted from 16 March to 31 October 2022.


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