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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


BFI Relaunches Short Form Animation Fund

06 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The BFI Short Form Animation Fund has been established with the aim of supporting growth in the UK animation sector. It will back projects which represent a significant advancement in their work, enable progression and open up new opportunities.

Supporting higher-budgeted animated work of up to 15 minutes in length, the Fund can support narrative short form projects in any animated technique or genre and for any platform, including cinema, digital platforms, and emerging media such as VR (though not work intended primarily for broadcast television).

Awards of between £30,000 and £120,000 are available for successful projects. For the current round, the BFI has partnered with the StoryFutures Academy (SFA) to support up to two stories for virtual or augmented reality. This part of the fund particularly aims to support projects that champion immersive storytelling techniques, and provide valuable learning and creative research opportunities. SFA will award a maximum of two projects up to £50,000 each. This is in addition to the funding provided by the BFI.

At the point of application, immersive projects will automatically apply to both the BFI and SFA, and can request a maximum total of £120,000.

The scheme is seeking applications from UK directors or writer/directors with at least three director credits on previous pieces of animated work. One of these should have received notable industry recognition. The applicant must be credited as the director on all three, rather than animation director.

The deadline for applications is 16 August 2021 (09:00 BST).

How To Apply

Deadline for applications: 16 August 2021 (09:00 BST).

Further details and advice on applying can be sought directly from the provider.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Short Form Animation Funding
    British Film Institute (BFI)
    Tel: [email protected]


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