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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website

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Grants are available for community initiatives and charitable events that are local to the business operations of NFU Mutual across the UK.
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Grants are available for established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems, using the skills of professionally trained artists.
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Grants are available to support young people challenged by abuse and addiction, those who are young carers, and those without safe homes.
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A fund to provide grants to theatre workers in the UK who are in financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Funding for not-for-profit organisations in the UK with proposals to make lasting change related to the social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development.
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Core funding for small and medium-sized charities who need financial help due to lost income in the current financial year as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Funding for Football Clubs in England and Wales to Prepare their Buildings to Safely Reopen
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Local students are being given the opportunity to apply for an educational charity grant.
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Grants are available to charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives for projects that tackle a housing problem in local communities in eligible parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Applications will be accepted until 31 July for emergency short-term grants of between £3,000 and £250,000.
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Funding for BAME-led organisations to help more BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) organisations and groups apply for National Emergencies Trust coronavirus crisis funding.
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Applications open for Fund aiming to tackle root causes of youth unemployment across the UK.
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The Digital Borderlands Voucher Scheme offers additional funding to help eligible rural businesses and residents in Cumbria and Northumberland connect to gigabit capable broadband. 
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One-off grants to relieve the hardship caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic on small and medium-sized not-for profit organisations specialising in work with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
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Flexible grants available for specialist social welfare legal advice organisations to cope with the immediate impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.
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Emergency funding for homelessness charities across the UK to prevent closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Funding available to support social enterprises who have been affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, so they can meet additional demands, change the way they work, make their spaces COVID-secure, and manage liquidity.
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Funding for projects to help people build confidence, knowledge and skills to increase their prospects of gaining employment.
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Funding is available for small businesses in England’s tourist destinations to help them recover from a dramatic loss of business caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown.
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Grants are available for non-profit organisations that are using sport to deliver development outcomes, to ensure they can continue to work with young people across the world during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and deliver new or adaptive provisions.
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Future funding opportunity for charities and environmental organisations to start work on projects across England to restore nature and tackle climate change.
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The Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund is specifically for local charities, community and voluntary groups within Cumbria to help them manage the new issues which are arising in light of the coronavirus pandemic and as restrictions ease
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Start-up and growing UK businesses can access free training, services, credits and support from Amazon, Enterprise Nation and partners – and an intensive week-long bootcamp to help 1,000 offline businesses get online.
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Grants are available for small UK charities for projects which support children living in poverty.
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Grants are available for equine welfare and rescue organisations in the UK which have experienced financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Grants are available to publicly funded schools, academies and free schools throughout the UK to mitigate the effects of significant mobility and/or deployment of their service communities.
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The best contemporary photography from the past year is to be celebrated, giving exposure, visibility and opportunity to photographers worldwide.
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Funding available to alternative provision (AP) schools and colleges to support current year 11 students into post-16 education.
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Schools and local authorities in England can apply for additional support to provide vouchers to pupils eligible for free school meals over the summer holiday period during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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An artist commissioning programme is open to young moving image artists in England from under-represented backgrounds.
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Funding available to schools in England to help cover costs relating to specific items up to the end of the 2019 to 2020 summer term.
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Funding is available for UK businesses, research organisations and academia, for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery and rebuilding amongst all sectors after the effects of COVID-19.
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The Chancellor has expanded a fund for UK start-ups hit by the coronavirus crisis, ensuring those that shifted their headquarters abroad can still access the scheme.
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Funding for UK registered charities for projects that fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need across the UK.
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Lloyds Bank Foundation is seeking a partner organisation, consultant or consortium to help us fully reflect on our own practice in attracting and assessing applications, and to ensure our approach does not create barriers to BAME-led organisations.
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Grants for groups providing charitable activities in response to the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in Cumbria.
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We are providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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Organisations can apply for between £300 - £10,000 and over £10,000 to cover up to six months of costs. This fund is due to close soon and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.
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Topics covered include strategic planning; brilliant fundraising basics; digital; people; and culture, innovation and behaviours.
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Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations with capital improvement projects for local community greenspaces.
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Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis
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Phase 2 provides funding opportunities for small surplus food redistributors. Due to the positive response and level of interest in this scheme we have decided to extend the deadline for new submissions to 13:00 on Friday 3rd July 2020.
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A standalone capital grant offering funding to farmers and other land managers in England to plant and protect young trees. The grant provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items needed to create new woodland.
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The CITB offers support to industry through various grants and funds. CITB grants cover day-to-day training and its funds cover specific projects and commissions.
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Companies from around the world are invited to apply for investment funding to support a new wave of clean tech development.
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One-Off Funding for Organisations that Employ People from Vulnerable/Disadvantaged Groups
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A competition intended to provide early-stage and established Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) entrepreneurs in the UK with an opportunity to obtain funding and support to develop and scale their business.
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A fund has been set up as a venture capital vehicle to accelerate early-stage green businesses in the UK.
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Funding to help communities across the UK move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Eligible dairy farmers can now apply for up to £10,000 to overcome the impacts of coronavirus.
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Grants are available to provide protective security measures to places of worship in England and Wales that have been subject to, or are vulnerable to hate crimes that target people because of their religion.
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Funding is available for organisations that support landlords and tenants to improve standards and educate those involved in the private rented sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage.
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Loans available to small and medium sized businesses based in the UK to help them expand and grow.
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Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Grants are available for established charitable organisations, community or voluntary groups in Cumbria so that they can continue providing their services during the rising economic adversity caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Support is available for moving-image artists to make proposals for ambitious new works, two of which will be selected by a panel of experts.
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Funding is available to local authorities, universities, charitable trusts and limited companies for strategic research and to build skills and capacity in England's historic environment.
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Funding for the purchase of essential items to meet the needs of children in the UK who living in severe poverty, suffering deprivation as a result and who are facing additional social issue.
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Grants are available for local charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies in England for projects that target illegal money lending.
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Grants are available to help UK museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the COVID-19 crisis.
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Grants are available for voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations to help communities across the UK move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic
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Grants are available for small, locally based voluntary and community groups to support projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes across the UK or the Isle of Man.
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Sport England have made an announcement today regarding the first Open Call for Innovative Solutions for physical activity. For this Open Call, Sport England are looking for brilliant solutions that remove barriers for the communities that are least well served due to the impact of Covid-19.
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A grant given to a black artist in the UK to use in whatever way they want.
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Grants to help not-for-profit organisations with more complex service adaption in their work with disadvantaged children and young people in the UK who are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Department for Education has launched the second round of its college collaboration fund to help Further Education colleges in England share good practice and develop quality improvement priorities.
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One-off emergency grants for UK registered charities whose charitable aims include natural history, wildlife conservation, and horticulture in the UK and who are experiencing financial hardship due to coronavirus/COVID-19.
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Financial support is being offered to entrepreneurs and moving image companies operating in England.
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Monica Brown, Head of Charity Advisory at CAF, explains how you could get funding.
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Emergency grants to help fund urgent maintenance, repairs and investigations at historic sites and buildings across England due to the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
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A second round of Government funding is being made available to support domestic abuse safe accommodation services during the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.
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Organisations with the ability, expertise, networks and knowledge to distribute emergency funding quickly to a diverse range of local grassroots organisations across the UK have until 8 June to submit their application for funding.
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The Local Authority Small Business Discretionary Grant is aimed at small businesses who are not eligible for other government coronavirus grants. Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self Employed Income Support Scheme are eligible to apply for this scheme.
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A revenue-based finance solution for start-ups and fast-growing businesses in the UK.
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Grants are available for care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters supporting residents/patients in facilities in the UK, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support as a result of the current restrictions.
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Free Webinar - Chief executives and industry leaders share the approaches they are taking to set their organisation on the road to recovery
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Eligible English dairy farmers will be able to apply for up to £10,000 to overcome the impact of coronavirus from 18 June.
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A £30 million 5G competition for consortia of businesses, public and third sectors, including creative industries, designed to level up infrastructure across the UK.
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Capital grant programme available to public sector organisations in the UK to help deliver the fastest and most reliable digital communications network available.
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Grants are available for charities and educational institutions that support those under the age of 18 years, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability or growing up in poverty through the mediums of sport and education.
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Grants are available for charities, organisations and voluntary groups in the UK impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Grants are available to support charitable groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure vulnerable children are provided with a hot meal.
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The Foundation is making changes to its grant programme, effective immediately.
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Specialist women’s organisations across the UK can apply for unrestricted funding to deal with the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic on their work.
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Funding to support housing projects working to strengthen local communities and support the most vulnerable.
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One-off grants for small local charities carrying out coronavirus/COVID-19 relief measures in support of vulnerable communities across the UK.
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Key infrastructure organisations in England that can demonstrate their ability to play a pivotal role in responding to rising youth unemployment but have had their finances impacted as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis can now apply for grants.
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The self-employed will be able to claim a second grant in August, and the furlough scheme will be more flexible, bringing employees back part time in July, with employers contributing to salaries from August.
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Schools and community groups can apply for grants for tree planting projects across the UK, preferably taking place during National Tree Week.
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A fund has been launched for UK healthcare firms to find new ways of using digital technology to combat coronavirus.
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Funding is being provided to building owners, freeholders and registered providers of social housing to meet the cost of removing unsafe cladding on residential blocks of flats in England that do not comply with building regulations.
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Emergency grants are available for small to medium-sized charities and social enterprise organisations in England to help them continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.
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One-off grants for projects supporting people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Grants are available for registered charities to support legal action that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of Covid-19.
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Grants are available for smaller registered charities across the UK that are working with some of the older people hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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The funding application for charity organisations that help victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence to receive emergency funding during COVID-19 is now open.
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The Culture Secretary has announced that £150 million will be taken from dormant bank and building society accounts to help support the UK’s charities and social enterprises whose work has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
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We have an exciting update. As well as our own National Lottery funding we’re delighted that we are distributing funding on behalf of the Government to support communities through COVID-19. Applications will open Friday 22 May, at 10am.
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Grants are available for smaller registered charities across the UK that are working with some of the older people hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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