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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.


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Applications Invited for Animal Welfare and Veterinary Research Projects across UK

Animal Welfare Funding

12 November 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to support charities and research institutions that promote animal welfare and the advancement of veterinary science.

Petplan Charitable Trust offers grants to registered charities and scientific institutions to support advances in veterinary science and the work of organisations across the UK committed to the health and wellbeing of animals.

There are two categories of funding:

  • Welfare grants between £5,000 and £25,000 for the direct benefit of species supported by the Trust (ie, dogs, cats, horses, and rabbits).
  • Scientific grants consisting of:
    • Initial Scientific grants over £10,000 for veterinary medicine research projects lasting up to three years.
    • Pump Primer/Pilot grants up to £10,000 lasting no more than one year for graduates embarking on a research career.

Eligible activities include:

  • Rescue and rehoming.
  • Animal housing maintenance and repairs.
  • Neutering and other veterinary services.
  • Clinical research.
  • Animal welfare education projects.

Funding can be used to cover costs such as veterinary or research equipment, veterinary fees, salaries, and vehicles. 

The application deadlines are: 26 November for Initial Scientific grants; 10 December for Welfare Grants; and 25 March 2022 for Pump/Pilot grants.


How To Apply

The next application deadlines are as follows:

  • Initial Scientific grants – 26 November 2021
  • Welfare grants – 10 December 2021
  • Pump/Pilot grants – 25 March 2022

Guidance notes for each fund are available from the Petplan Charitable Trust website.

To apply, applicants must first register on the Trust’s website. A link will then be provided to an online application form.

If a charity has been successful in two consecutive years, there will be a requirement for a two-year break before applying again.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Cath Bourg
    Trust Administrator
    Petplan Charitable Trust
    Great West House (GW2)
    Great West Road
    TW8 9EG
    Tel: 020 8580 8013
    Email: [email protected]

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