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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

Ansvar Donations Programme

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Grants are available to registered charities promoting healthy lifestyle choices in children and young people. The deadline is 12 November 2021 (11.59pm). It is expected that winning charities will be contacted by 1 December 2021.

Fearless Adventures

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Investment funding and support services are available to UK entrepreneur-led ecommerce businesses to boost their growth and development.  Support may be accessed at any time.

International Collaboration Grants

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Grants are available to support partnerships between UK and international organisations to deliver arts projects which address contemporary social themes.  Applications will be accepted until 4 November 2021.

Recovery Loan Fund Opens for Applications

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Loans are available to support UK charities and social enterprises who have been impacted by coronavirus/COVID-19 and need funds to help them to survive, recover and grow.  The deadline for applications is 21 November 2021 (midnight).

Funding for International Social Relief Projects

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Funding for small to medium sized UK registered charities supporting disadvantaged people in the UK, Africa, or Central and South America.  The next deadline for applications is 31 December 2021 for consideration in February 2022.

Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants Programme

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Small grants are available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families in England, Scotland and Wales.  The next set of quarterly deadlines are: 8 November 2021, 7 February 2022, 9 May 2022 and 8 August 2022.

Ofwat Launches Water Breakthrough Challenge 2

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Support is offered to water companies from England and Wales, together with private sector partners, to develop bids addressing the sector's most pressing challenges. The deadline for the Catalyst Stream is 8 December 2021 (12:00 GMT). The Stage 1 deadline for the Transform Stream is 16 November 2021 (12:00 GMT).

Moto in the Community Trust

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Grants are available for community organisations and schools operating within a 15-mile radius of a Moto site for projects and activities that deliver benefits to local communities.  Applications may be made at any time and will be considered on a monthly basis.

Better Community Business Network Grant Initiative

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A small number of grants are available each year to small not-for-profit groups which can demonstrate a positive impact on the communities they serve across the UK.  The next deadline for applications is 26 November 2021 (5pm), for awards on 7 December 2021.

Sport England Return to Play - Small Grants Programme

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Grants are available to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations providing sport and physical activity respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.  The programme will remain open until the end of 2021.

Sporting Capital Fund

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Loan funding is available to a wide range of incorporated organisations based and operating in England to deliver projects using sport and sporting facilities that generate sustainable revenue and deliver long-term community impact.  Applications can be submitted at any time.

BlueSpark Foundation

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Grants are available for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England to improve the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities.  Applications can be submitted at any time.

CABWI Lifelong Learning and Development Fund

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Grants are available for grassroots charitable organisations in the UK providing support that enables people to enter the labour market or gain additional skills to further develop their career.  The deadline for stage 1 applications is 15 October 2021 (6pm).

Tesco Community Grants

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Funding to support local good causes with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people.  Applications accepted on a ongoing bases.   

National Lottery Community Fund - Reaching Communities

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Large grants are available to voluntary and community organisations in England for projects that make positive changes in their communities. The grants can be used for the following costs: Direct costs associated with delivering activities in the community, Organisational development, and Core/fixed costs to support the day-to-day running of the organisation.   Applications may be submitted at any time.

Centre for Cultural Value - Collaborate Fund

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Grants are available to support the development of collaborative research projects between UK cultural sector organisations and academic researchers.  

  • Cultural sector organisations: Expressions of Interest may be made between 18 October 2021 and 24 November 2021.
  • Academic researchers: Expressions of Interest may be made between 6 December 2021 and 26 January 2022.

Postcode Dream Fund Opens for Applications for Funding Starting in 2022

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British charities can apply for a large grant to help them deliver the project they have always dreamt of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life.  This years themes are Environmental Systems Change, Social Inequality, and Pandemic recovery.   Stage 1 applications will be accepted from 1 October 2021 to 1 November 2021 (5:30pm).

National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund

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Crowdfunder and the National Emergencies Trust have teamed up to make more than £1.2m match funding available to help voluntary and community organisations in the UK overcome the effects of the pandemic. This exciting new opportunity aims to support long-term sustainability and open up new avenues of income for brilliant local groups who are making a real difference to the people in their communities.  Applications for the fund are open until 22 October.

Magic Little Grants 2021 - Deadline 31 October 2021

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This year funding can go towards any of the below projects: 

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability 
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

Cumberland Building Society Community Fund

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Grants are available for charitable, not-for-profit organisations whose work benefits communities in Cumbria, Dumfriesshire, Lancaster, Preston and Haltwhistle.  The Cumbria Community Foundation is particularly keen to help grassroots community groups and small-to-medium-sized voluntary organisations.  The next deadline for applications is 5 November 2021.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Force for Change Programme

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Grants for local community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration; supporting post-COVID recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation. This year (2021), the programme will support ideas that need small amounts of funding to deliver nimble and focused local projects to Armed Forces communities or small grants to support services, projects and activities that are used by Armed Forces communities, but which are struggling as a result of the impact of the Covid pandemic.   Round 3 - deadline of midday on 19 November 2021 with a decision by 28 February 2022.

Youth Endowment Fund and Comic Relief Invite Applications to £10m Fund

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Funding for up to 10 projects in England and Wales to create a supportive home environment for young people to help keep them safe from involvement in violence.  Grants are available to charities, public services or private sector organisations delivering programmes in England and Wales.  The funder will be looking for applications that help answer this question:

"Which approaches are most effective in helping families and carers to create a supportive home environment for 6 to 14 year-old children (including looked-after children), reducing the likelihood of them becoming involved in violence?"  The deadline for applications is 1 December 2021. 


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