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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

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.

Innovate UK Launches New Design Foundations Competition

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Through the Design Foundations Competition, Innovate UK aims to help businesses develop new ideas that will deliver benefits for people and the planet, aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These can be for new or significantly improved products, services, places or business models.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 31 August 2022 (11:00 BST).

Which? Fund Invites Applications for Research Funding


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Funding for research projects to improve understanding of the consumer harms experienced by diverse and disadvantaged communities in the UK and to develop evidence-based solutions to tackle these harms.

Applications will be accepted from 4 July 2022 to 19 September 2022.

Sustainable Farming Incentive for England Opens to Applications

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Farmers across England can now apply for grants for projects focusing on biodiversity, cleaner water, cleaner air, improving soil, and carbon reduction on their land.

Applications will remain open, so interested parties can apply at a time that works best for them. If it is necessary to close applications, this date will be publicised, giving applicants six weeks' notice.

Movement for Good Awards Accepting Nominations for September Draw


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The Movement for Good Awards is an annual platform for giving, set up by all the businesses that make up the Benefact Group as a way to make a ‘tangible difference’ to the lives of the people and communities they serve.

The deadline for the September draw is 23:59 on 11 September 2022.

The final deadline for all nominations for 2022 is 23:59 on 15 December 2022.

Launch of the 2022 C21 Drama Series Script Competition

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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The C21 Drama Series Script Competition is designed to identify and nurture a new international drama. The funder is looking for a pilot script for a drama that will appeal to audiences and co-producers worldwide.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2022.

Sea-Changers Launches Innovation Fund

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding for UK-based charities and not-for-profit organisations to support new ideas and experimental solutions in the field of marine conservation.

The deadline for applications is 18 September 2022 (midnight).

Funding to Promote Opportunities for Youth Leadership

Children & Young People

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Blagrave Charitable Trust has announced the opening of its Listening Fund’s Advisers’ Fund. Named as such because it is led by a panel of ten young people advisers, the Fund aims to create new opportunities for young people and ensure their expertise is utilised in leadership positions.

The deadline to apply is 6pm on 28 July 2022.

Community Business Trade Up Programme Extends Deadline to Apply

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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A business development learning programme and match trading grant are available to support locally rooted community businesses in England to become stronger and more sustainable.

The deadline for applications has been extended from 28 June 2022 to 28 July 2022 (13:00).

Last Chance to Apply to Lloyds Bank Foundation Racial Equity Funding Strand

Health & Social Welfare

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Small and local charities with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community overcome complex social issues have until 29 July 2022 to apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000.

The deadline for applications is 29 July 2022 (5pm) with notification of a decision in four months.

Innovate UK Announces New £30m Fast Start Boost for Cutting Edge Start-Ups

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Grants and tailored business support for UK registered small and micro businesses to support highly innovative ideas in achieving net zero or self-driven healthcare and that have a clear route to commercialisation through business growth.

Applications open on 11 July 2022 with a deadline of 27 July 2022 (11:00 BST).


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