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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Creative Enterprise New Ideas Fund Reopens for Screen Businesses

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

17 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

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.

Grants of between £1,000 and £20,000 are available to support the development of new and innovative ideas, enabling entrepreneurs to build upon their creative and commercial ideas, creating opportunity for business growth.

Screen-based storytelling businesses based in the English regions, outside of London, may apply. 'Screen-based' comprises those working in film, TV, animation, games and/or immersive content (or a non-screen-based business looking to diversify what the company offers, eg through VR/AR).

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


How To Apply

Applications for a new round of New Ideas Fund are now open. Applications will be accepted until Friday 20 January 2023 (12:00 GMT).

Further advice and information on applications may be sought directly from Creative UK.


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