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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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Nesta Launches ‘Amplified’ - Funding for Creative Firms Developing Digital Ideas for Social Benefit

04 October 2018/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

According to Nesta, creative and artistic endeavours have the power to unite and engage an increasingly atomised society, change behaviour at the individual and collective levels and drive economic growth and national competitive advantage.

Amplified is a new pilot programme designed to encourage the development of creative digital ideas that generate a positive social outcome in the UK. Through the programme, Nesta is offering cultural and creative businesses funding and support to develop initiatives that can improve the lives of others.

Applicants can obtain £10,000 of grant funding to develop their digital ideas. The grant is delivered alongside mentoring from industry leaders and six months’ structured support.

Proposed ideas need to make use of digital technologies and address a social challenge (this can be a local or global challenge). They can be anything from a game to an interactive installation, as long as it seeks to generate a direct social outcome. The social outcomes can be anything from increasing community cohesion to reducing the consumption of single use plastics.

Cultural and creative businesses that have been trading for a minimum of three years in the UK may apply. Nesta is looking to fund ideas from both arts and cultural organisations, as well as businesses within the wider creative industries, particularly where those businesses feel their ideas can positively impact the lives of others. These could be games companies, design agencies, media agencies or other firms.

The deadline for submitting an application is 14 November 2018 at 5pm.

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