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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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£200m Funding Boost to Improve Walking and Cycling Routes

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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The Department for Transport has announced new funding to help local authorities make improvements to walking and cycling routes.

A new £200 million fund has been announced by the government to improve crossings and junctions to support walking and cycling, and therefore reduce emissions and boost local economies.

The successful projects will be announced later this year.

IUK Launches Zero Emission Vessel and Infrastructure Competitions for UK Maritime Sector

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Grants are available for UK businesses and partners to develop, deploy and operate clean solutions which will help decarbonise the UK’s maritime sector.

The Zero Emission Vessel and Infrastructure (ZEVI) Competitions aim to transform the UK into a global leader in the design and manufacturing of clean maritime technologies.

The deadline for applications is 19 April 2023 (11:00 BST).

Suez Communities Fund Reopens for Applications in England

Community

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Not-for-profit organisations across England can apply for funding to deliver capital and public amenity improvement projects in communities within a Communities Trust funding zone.

Suez Communities Trust is offering grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 for not-for-profit groups to deliver projects that make physical improvements to community facilities, or repair buildings of religious worship or buildings of architectural or historic interest.

The next deadline for applications is 22 February 2023.

Cost of Living Support Available for Youth Organisations across the UK

Cost of Living

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Charitable and not-for-profit youth organisations delivering high-quality youth provision whose work is being hindered, curtailed, or cut back due to rising core costs can apply for funding to address these unprecedented demands.

UK Youth, in partnership with Pears Foundation, is offering unrestricted multi-year grants for charitable and not-for-profit youth organisations across the UK with an annual turnover of less than £500,000 to help them cover rising prices and increased costs due to the cost-of-living crisis.

Applications can be submitted at any time. 

Energy Catalyst - IUK Announces Round 10 Competitions

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding is available for businesses and research organisations, from anywhere in the world, to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific regions.

Innovate UK (IUK) has announced a call for applications to Round 10 of its Energy Catalyst Competitions. The objective of these competitions is to accelerate the innovations needed to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or Indo-Pacific regions.

All three competition strands open on 27 February 2023. The deadline for applications is 28 June 2023 (11:00 BST).

Hydrogen Storage and Distribution Supply Chain - New IUK R&D Competition Announced

Energy, Environment & Climate

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UK businesses can lead on applications for grants to fund collaborative research and development projects related to hydrogen storage and distribution supply chain.

Forming part of the Future Economy Net Zero Programme, this Innovate UK (IUK) competition will focus on the development of the hydrogen economy. The aim is to develop new ways of delivering integrated hydrogen storage and distribution systems and the associated supply chains.

Applications will be accepted between 13 February 2023 and 26 April 2023 (11:00 BST).

New Round of Climate Grants from JAC Trust

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding to support forcibly displaced people and their host communities to respond to the climate crisis.

Registered charities and social enterprises can now apply for the next bout of funding from JAC Trust’s climate programme.

The deadline to apply is 8 March 2023.

TRANSforming Futures Fund Now Accepting Applications

Community

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Funding to help create positive, lasting change for transgender people in England.

National Lottery Community Fund is supporting the five-year TRANSforming Futures project to provide solutions to the issues in healthcare and justice for transgender people across England.

The deadline to apply is 20 March 2023.

Asda Foundation’s Investing in Spaces and Places Grants Programme Opens 6 February

Community

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Funding for small, local groups across the UK to improve community spaces and places where local people can be together and thrive.

For a second year in a row, the Asda Foundation is offering large grants of up to £25,000 for local groups across the UK who are working to improve spaces in the heart of their local community.

Applications will be accepted from 6 February 2023 to 19 March 2023.

IUK Announces Safety Tech Challenge to Disrupt Sharing of Child Sexual Abuse Material

Crime, Rehabilitation & Community Safety

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Grants are available for UK organisations carrying out projects that help protect children by identifying and disrupting the sharing of links to child sexual abuse material online.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competition is to enhance UK capabilities in protecting all users online, but in particular preventing harm of children online.

The programme opens on 7 February 2023. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2023.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Opens for First Round of the Year

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to support those in society who face the greatest challenges and whose opportunities are the most limited.

Registered and exempt charities in the UK can now apply for a grant of £1,000 to help tackle social disadvantage and support vulnerable individuals.

The deadline to apply is 28 February 2023.

New Cash Grants for UK Start-ups and Growing Businesses

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Grants are available to help start-ups and early-stage founders across the UK to take the next steps on their business journey.

‘Realising the Remarkable’ is a new cash grant programme which has been created to help entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses, and reach their full potential.

The deadline for applications is 26 February 2023 (23:59 GMT).

New Round of Grants to Boost International Recognition of UK Regulators

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants are available for UK regulators and professional bodies pursuing international recognition arrangements.

The Recognition Arrangements Grants Programme will provide grants for UK regulators to develop recognition arrangements with their international counterparts, and ensure British professionals have their qualifications recognised overseas.

The second round of the programme is now open with a deadline for applications of Friday 24 March 2023 (23:59 GMT).

IUK Launches Engineering Biology Collaborative Research and Development Competition

Digital & Technology

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Organisations can apply for funding to develop Engineering Biology technologies, processes, products and services, or apply Engineering Biology to societal challenges.

Through this competition, Innovate UK (IUK) will fund business-led research and development (R&D) that will lead to new Engineering Biology (EngBio) products, processes or services, and de-risk the adoption of new EngBio technologies that offer high market potential.

The deadline for applications is 29 March 2023 (11:00 BST).

Launch of £1m Competition to Stimulate Innovation in Occupational Health

Health & Social Welfare

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UK businesses, and partner organisations, can apply for research and development funding to help with challenges small businesses and the self-employed face with ill health at work.

Innovate UK has launched a competition to increase access for small businesses and the self-employed to occupational health services (OHS) in the UK.

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2023 (11:00 GMT).

Innovation for All Grants Now Available

Community

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Funding for projects using innovative and creative solutions to benefit communities in the UK.

Kilburn & Strode LLP is a leading practice firm of intellectual property attorneys. Annually, it donates 1% of profits to its charitable arm, the Innovation for All Foundation.

Applications are open until 31 March 2023.

Kellogg’s School Breakfast Club Fund Reopens for 2023

Health & Social Welfare

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Schools across the United Kingdom can now apply for funding to support breakfast club initiatives for children.

Kellogg’s, in partnership with Forever Manchester, is offering grants of up to £1,000 to schools to help fund breakfast clubs across the UK and ensure that children who need it most receive a morning meal.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation Reopens for 2023

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Grants are available for young musicians and composers across the UK to support the performance, recording, and promotion of the music of Michael Tippett.

For 2023 the Trustees have decided to focus the Foundation’s activity exclusively on the funding of performances and recording of music by Michael Tippett, to generate greater revenue for a wider range of activities in future years

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2023.

QuantERA ERA-NET Cofund in Quantum Technologies Launches 2023 Call

Digital & Technology

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The transnational call is providing approximately €33 million for projects focusing on applied quantum science and quantum phenomena and resources.

QuantERA II is a European Research Area network focused on quantum technologies (QT). It supports multilateral research projects with the potential to initiate or foster new lines of QT through collaborations exploring advanced multidisciplinary science and/or cutting-edge engineering.

Applications should be submitted by the 11 May 2023 (17:00 CET) deadline.

Co-op Foundation’s Carbon Innovation Fund – New Focus for Round 2

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding for community, private and public sector organisations across the UK for initiatives which will help to reduce the UK’s reliance on soy-based animal and fish feed and synthetic fertilisers.

The Co-op Foundation has published the guidance notes for the second round of its £3.5 million Carbon Innovation Fund.

Round Two will open for applications on 1 February 2023 (after the event concludes at midday) and close on 28 February 2023 (midday).

Government Plans to Expedite Rollout of Sustainable Farming Incentive

Energy, Environment & Climate

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England’s farmers will soon have access to a new set of paid actions to support food production and environmentally responsible farming.

The Government has set out new plans for England’s farming sector, supporting farmers to be profitable and resilient as they produce food sustainably while protecting nature and enhancing the environment.

Applications opened on 30 June 2022. Applications will remain open, so interested parties can apply at a time that works best for them.

Netflix Opens Documentary Talent Fund for 2023

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding and professional support is available to help five emerging filmmakers from the UK and Ireland turn their short documentary ideas into completed films.

Netflix is once again providing the Documentary Talent Fund to identify and support emerging documentary filmmakers from the UK and Ireland.

The deadline for applications is 16 February 2023 (13:00 GMT).

New IUK Competition for UK-Germany Bilateral Collaborative R&D

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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UK registered organisations, collaborating with at least one German SME, can apply for grants for collaborative research projects resulting in innovative solutions.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competition is to support UK and German business-led collaboration in innovation. IUK will support UK businesses to collaborate successfully with German counterparts and build global growth prospects. Proposals must contribute to the development of commercial products, processes or technical services.

The competition opens on Tuesday 7 February 2023. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 7 June 2023 (11:00 BST).

Ofwat Launches £4m Water Discovery Challenge

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Support is being offered for a range of organisations to develop bids addressing the water sector's most pressing challenges.

Ofwat’s new Water Discovery Challenge is a £4 million competition for innovations that can help solve the biggest challenges facing the water sector; today and in the future. The aim is to directly support organisations with innovative propositions and facilitate their engagement with water companies.

The deadline for applications is 5 April 2023 (12:00 GMT).

2023 Dates for Veterans’ Foundation Applications

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to help provide lifetime support to those in need among serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their immediate families.

Not-for profit organisations which support the Armed Forces community in Great Britain (veterans, those serving and immediate dependants) can now apply for the next round of grants from the Veterans’ Foundation.

The next deadline is 6 February 2023.

Dyers’ Company Launches Seed Capital Investment Fund

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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New businesses operating in the UK’s dyeing, textile production or colouration industries can access investment funding to help their enterprises gain traction.

The Dyers’ Company has launched a new Seed Capital Investment Fund designed to support innovation in, and the commercialisation of, business ideas with a link to colour or colouration.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 28 February 2023.

Sea-Changer’s Coastal Fountain Fund Reopens for 2023

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Not-for-profit organisations across the United Kingdom can apply for funding to cover the purchase of a water foundation to help reduce pollution and the use of non-reusable plastics in coastal communities.

Sea Changers is offering grants of up to £2500 for community groups and other not-for-profit organisations to help prevent negative impacts on UK coastal and marine environments and species by reducing marine litter through the provision of well-located coastal water fountains that will significantly reduce the use of non-reusable plastic drinks bottles. 

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2023.

Sport England Offering Grants for Flood-Damaged Facilities

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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The Small Grants fund has broadened its criteria to include flood support.

Sport England has temporarily updated its Small Grants guidance to enable funding for organisations affected by recent flooding.

Flood Relief funding is available for a limited time only.

Funding for Transport Innovations to Support Ageing Population

Transport, Infrastructure & Communications

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Funding is available for businesses that have ideas to reimagine how transport options in the UK can better support a rapidly ageing population.

The Transport Pathfinder Innovation Programme invites innovators, businesses and entrepreneurs to propose transport solutions that are commercially viable, demonstrate creativity and innovation, and can be supported towards market by investment in good design.

The deadline for applications is Monday 27 February 2023 (12:00 GMT).

Grants to Mark the 75th Anniversary of Windrush

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding to support groups to celebrate and/or educate about the history of the MV Empire Windrush and the contributions of the Windrush Generation to UK life.

Activities in 2023 need to support the central aims of Windrush Day – to tell the story of the Windrush Generation and celebrate and recognise how they have shaped Britain’s heritage.

The deadline to apply is 22 February 2023.

Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Documentary Film Fund Invites Applications

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding is available to finance the production of a short documentary film produced by an emerging British LGBTQ+ filmmaker.

Applications are being invited to the second annual documentary film fund provided by Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2023.

National Lottery Awards for All Accepting 2023 Event Applications

Community

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Funding to build strong relationships in and across communities in England.

Applications are accepted from constituted voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and statutory bodies such as local authorities and community councils.

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for up to one year.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

£60m Fund to Enable Councils to Regenerate Brownfield Land

Energy, Environment & Climate

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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 31 March 2023.

Google Global Goals Call for Applications for AI-based Solutions to Societal Challenges

Digital & Technology

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Funding and technical expertise are available to organisations worldwide to advance AI-based projects which address global societal problems.

Google.org is inviting funding applications from organisations around the world that are using artificial intelligence to create new, innovative solutions to existing societal problems and to make progress against the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Applications may be made at any time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application window will remain open until all selections are made.

IOP Public Engagement Grant Scheme 2023 Opens for Applications

Community

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Funding for individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland that improve people’s relationship with physics in their family or community groups.

The Institute of Physics (IOP) provides grants for physics engagement projects that align with IOP’s Limit Less campaign.

The deadline for initial applications is 12pm (midday) on 27 February 2023.

Launch of the 2023 Ashden Awards for Climate Innovations

Energy, Environment & Climate

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These awards recognise outstanding climate solutions projects in the UK and the developing world.

The Ashden Awards promote exceptional climate solutions and the environmental, social and economic benefits they can provide.

The deadline for applications is 8 March 2023 (23:59 GMT).

Made Smarter Innovation - Launch of IUK’s Industry Ready Robotics and Automation Competition

Digital & Technology

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UK registered organisations can apply for grants for late-stage robotics and automation innovation projects.

Through this Made Smarter Innovation competition, Innovate UK (IUK) is investing in innovation projects focused on late-stage robotics and automation to increase productivity, sustainability and resilience within manufacturing processes.

The deadline for applications is 5 April 2023 (11:00 BST).

Ogden Trust’s Physics Education Grants Scheme Opens for First Funding Round of 2023

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding for schools, colleges and charities based in the UK and working predominantly in England for projects and activities that enhance physics opportunities and aspirations.

The Ogden Trust offers a small number of grants each term for projects that are clearly based around physics and developed with current evidence in mind.

The current deadline for applications is 26 March 2023 (midnight).

Small Grants to Support Refugees in England

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to aid refugees by supporting their basic needs, integration and safety.

In partnership with Benefact Trust, the Church Urban Fund has opened a second round of Refugee Support funding.

Applications are open on a rolling basis until 31 March 2023.

Large Grants Available from Charles Plater Trust

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding for projects which contribute to the aim of advancing social justice through education.

Applicants do not need to be Christian as long as their aims align with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

The deadline to apply is 17 March 2023 at 5pm.

Advancing Precision Medicine - New IUK Competition Now Open

Digital & Technology

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UK businesses and research organisations can apply for grants to carry out projects focused on developing digital and data-enabled tools, as well as multi-modal approaches in precision medicine.

The competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project, an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size or research and technology organisation (RTO). To collaborate with the lead, an organisation must be a business, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation, or RTO. Applicants must be or involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8 March 2023 (11:00 GMT).

DWP Launches Second Phase of Funding to Reduce Parental Conflict

Health & Social Welfare

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Grants available to support innovative projects to reduce parental conflict in England.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is offering £3.6 million through this second phase of the Challenge Fund to support innovative projects that gather learning on what works to reduce parental conflict.

Eligibility checks will be accepted until 8 February 2023.

Net Zero Technology Centre Launches 2023 Open Innovation Programme

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding is available for businesses from across the world to support technology-based solutions that will reduce offshore emissions, accelerate clean energy production, and help the UK reach net zero.

The Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) has launched its 2023 Open Innovation Programme aimed at developing and deploying data and digital technologies that will reduce offshore emissions, accelerate clean energy production, and enable delivery of the UK’s net zero ambitions.

The deadline for applications is 17 February 2023.

Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund Reopens for 2023

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding to help engage people and communities across Britain with information about how to get and use smart meters.

Smart Energy GB, the national campaign for the smart meter rollout, launched the five-year Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund in May 2016 with the aim that every home in Britain would be offered a smart meter within five years at no additional cost.

The deadline to apply is 12 noon on 10 February 2023.

International Programme Invites Applications for Sustainable Fashion and Textiles R&D Projects

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding is available to design entrepreneurs and SMEs from UK and Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries to foster new ideas that will help shape the future of sustainable fashion, apparel and textiles.

Following a successful pilot programme in 2022, the next round of the New Landscapes: Catalyst Research & Development Grant Scheme is inviting applications.

The deadline for proposal submissions is 6 February 2023 (23:59 GMT).

IUK Launches Final Round of Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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UK SMEs can access loans that are affordable, patient and flexible for late stage innovation projects that have a clear route to commercial success.

Innovate UK (IUK) is offering loans to help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) overcome barriers to their innovations becoming a successful, commercial reality. The aim is to make a considerable economic impact which results in significant, sustainable business growth.

Round Eight (the final round) is now open with a deadline for applications of 8 March 2023 (11:00 GMT).

Continuo Foundation Accepting Applications to Support Period Music Ensembles Across the UK

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Period-instrument ensembles can apply for funding to carry out a range of creative projects that will bring live music to communities across the UK, particularly in communities that lack access to high-quality live music.

Grants of between £2,000 and £8,000 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 6 February 2023. 

Creative Enterprise New Ideas Fund Reopens for Screen Businesses

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Small seed funding is available for sole traders, start-ups and small businesses in England (outside of London) for their creative business ideas.

The New Ideas Fund is a bespoke Research and Innovation fund offering small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image industries with storytelling at the heart of their work.

Applications are currently being accepted until Friday 20 January 2023 (12:00 GMT).

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