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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


Arts Council England's National Lottery Project Grants Programme Reopens with New Guidelines

Arts Funding

23 November 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to support arts, museums and libraries projects and promote engagement with the arts across England.

Individual artists, community and cultural organisations can now apply to the National Lottery Project Grants programme under its refreshed guidance.

The changes have been made to better align with the Council’s new strategy, ‘Let’s Create’, which includes the four investment principles:

  • Ambition and quality - ensuring creative work links to wider aims and investing in professional development.
  • Dynamism - investing in leadership and governance that inspires positive change.
  • Environmental responsibility - embedding environmental thinking into every aspect of work and projects.
  • Inclusivity and relevance - creating a cultural sector that is relevant to more people and draws on talent from all communities.

Grants of £1,000 to £100,000 are available for projects lasting a maximum of three years. The funding is for projects that are focused on one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Music.
  • Theatre.
  • Dance.
  • Visual arts.
  • Literature.
  • Combined arts - including festivals and carnivals.
  • Museum practice (accredited or unaccredited).
  • Libraries (for activities that deliver against at least one of the Universal Library Offers including: Creativity and Culture; Reading; Information and Digital; Health and Wellbeing).

Under the new guidelines, applications for £30,000 and under are expected to receive a decision within 8 weeks, while applications for £30,000 and over are expected to receive a decision in at least 12 weeks.

Applicants are encouraged to secure match funding of at least 10%.

Applications can be made at any time.


How To Apply

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Applications are made using Arts Council England’s Grantium system.

  • Applications for £30,000 or under are expected to receive a decision in up to 8 weeks.
  • Applications for more than £30,000 are expected to receive a decision in at least 12 weeks.

More information can be found by visiting the Arts Council England website.

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Customer Services Team
    Arts Council England
    The Hive
    49 Lever Street
    M1 1FN
    Tel: 0161 934 4317
    Email: [email protected]



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