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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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Fund for Cultural Organisations in England Affected by COVID-19 to Open Soon

03 August 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Cultural organisations in England that were financially stable before the COVID-19 crisis but are now at imminent risk of failure will be able to apply for grants of between £50,000 and £3 million to enable them to stay afloat. Applications are invited from both profit and not-for-profit cultural organisations.

The funding will support organisations over a six months period to ensure that by 31 March 2021 they can reopen, either fully or partially, or be operating on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis until they are able to reopen at a later date. The grants can be used to cover a wide range of costs, including staff salaries; equipment to ensure compliance with social distancing and other public health requirements; temporary storage for collections, artefacts and documents; or debts incurred as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be two funding rounds, which will run consecutively. Around 75% of the overall budget of the Fund will be awarded during the first round and therefore, organisations are strongly encouraged to apply during the first round, where feasible.

The first funding round will open for applications at 12 noon on 10 August 2020.

How To Apply

There will be two funding rounds, which will run consecutively:

  • Round 1 will open for applications at 12 noon on 10 August 2020 and will close at 12 noon on 21 August 2020.

  • Round 2 will open for applications at 4pm on 21 August 2020 and will close at 12 noon on 4 September 2020.

Organisations can apply once to only one of these rounds.

The Arts Council expects to allocate approximately 75% of the overall budget during Round 1. Therefore, organisations are strongly encouraged to apply to Round 1, where feasible.

Applications must be submitted through the Arts Council’s online application portal Grantium. Organisations that do not have a profile on the system yet will need to set one up as soon as possible, as it can take a few days to validate profiles.

Guidelines and FAQ documents are available on the website of Arts Council England.

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