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Grants are available help the music and performing arts industries and small businesses in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Grants are available for UK registered micro, small and medium-sized enterprises aspiring to transform food production through experimental development projects that are closer to market.
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Charities can apply for grants to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations and/or to develop innovative products and services related to energy.
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Grants, coupled with additional support, can be accessed to improve the leadership skills of those managing engineering start-ups and SMEs in the UK.
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The Chancellor has announced that the Government is extending a scheme to help all UK firms mandated to close due to national or local coronavirus restrictions.
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The Local Government Association (LGA) is providing funding of £20,000 to local authorities for projects that help manage demand on overstretched local services.
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New funding available to build on council's skills and capacity to take advantage of the opportunities offered by connectivity to their local place and communities.
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This fund is designed to help film and television production companies that are unable to obtain coronavirus insurance recommence their activities.
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Funding for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and organisations that are working to deliver COVID-19 services.
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Funding available to respond to the immediate impact of COVID-19 on the priorities of the Darwin Initiative, Darwin Plus and the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund (IWTCF).
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Not-for-profit organisations in England have until 16 November to apply for funding for local communities to provide affordable and safe places to cycle.
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Capital grants to help local sports clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces so that sport and physical activity can happen during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Not-for-profit organisations delivering community sport and physical activity in England can apply now for funding to help them adapt to the challenges posed by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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New targeted emergency funding for charitable organisations delivering services to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in England who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Grants available to museums in England to fund new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures.
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Grants for charities and social enterprises in England occupying historic buildings to develop new business plans and strategies in light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
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Loan funding is available to help small and medium businesses in the UK invest for the future.
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This development fund is designed to support independent creative practitioners and ensure excellence is thriving in England’s arts and culture sector
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Established community businesses in England will be able to apply for unrestricted grants to help them adapt to the challenges moving forward as the country moves into the next phase of the pandemic.
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Health and care organisations in north Cumbria are making £180,000 available to support third sector organisations responding to an increase in people struggling to cope.
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£1 million fund available to higher education providers in England to develop and implement projects which provide innovative approaches to improving mental health outcomes for students.
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Grants are available for Black-led social enterprises and charities with ethnic minority beneficiaries in the UK.
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Grants are available to safeguard vital frontline jobs and support services of women’s organisations in England that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Applications are now open for projects that improve the natural world, secure a fairer future, and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK.
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Cumbria County Council have some small scale grants linked to DEFRA funding still available for community based projects and initiatives that will benefit the local area in terms of providing food and / or essential services in response to Covid 19.
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Grants are available to small UK registered charities for building websites or digital products that enable them to carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way, resulting in positive social benefit.
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These grants aim to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future.
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Grants are available to charities in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Co Durham (including Hartlepool) and Cumbria (including Carlisle) for a wide range of projects that benefit the community.
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Grants are available to small to medium sized UK registered charities that are working for the benefit of older people or people who have fallen on hard times.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE: This scheme has been extended to cover purchases of equipment to produce PPE during the Coronavirus crisis.
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A single point of contact for all business support within the Cumbria Business Growth Hub region, providing advice and signposting based on individual business needs across a range of subjects, including innovation, exporting, accessing finance and training.
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Grants are available for charitable, not-for-profit organisations whose work benefits communities in Cumbria, Dumfriesshire, Lancaster, Preston and Haltwhistle.
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Grants are available to voluntary and community groups in Cumbria for projects that benefit their community.
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Grants are available to individuals, registered charities, sports clubs and voluntary and community organisations based in the CFM Radio broadcast area for projects that benefit children and young people who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect and are 18 years or younger.
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Grants are available for local third sector organisations and community groups in the areas served by Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid for projects that benefit those who are 'hard to reach' or vulnerable.
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Grants available for public sector bodies to fund energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation measures.
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Funding available for applicants to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to develop bids and deliver projects.
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Funding for families with children aged 3-17 who are disabled, have a special need or have been abused in the UK.
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Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme Round 3 applicants can apply for funding towards specific items of equipment listed at Annex 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme handbook
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British charities can apply now for funding to support projects that address a systemic societal issue related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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This business competition is intended to support, fund and promote green economy start-up companies and eco-entrepreneurs from across Europe.
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The Health Foundation will soon be opening a new funding programme for four innovation hubs across the UK to build knowledge, skills and confidence within NHS providers to successfully adopt and adapt innovations.
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Grants are available for a wide range of community-led organisations to support delivery of new affordable homes across England (excluding London) up to March 2020.
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Mid- to large-scale cultural organisations can apply for grants to restart important work, refresh activities, and develop plans to rebuild audiences following closures due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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The £6.5 million programme opens for final year of support to local community businesses in England.
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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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Innovation continuity loans are available for SMEs and third sector organisations in the UK that are at risk of not continuing planned or existing innovation activity due to a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds directly related to COVID-19.
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Grants for Armed Forces bases and stations to support projects that will develop better spaces for recreation, leisure or for serving personnel to relax in while off duty.
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Funding to encourage social interaction and social action among people of two or more different faiths to build friendships and develop relationships of trust in 10 areas of England.
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Revenue project funding to support the UK’s rural communities that are dealing with the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Funding to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis, building wellbeing, resilience, and capacity.
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Taylor Wimpey North East is offering the opportunity for a good cause close to its Meadowbrook development in Carlisle to benefit from a £500 donation. 
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Funding is available to training providers for programmes which can deliver a suite of accredited training solutions to the UK’s low carbon installation sector in support of the Green Homes Grant scheme.
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Support for businesses in England that have been required to close due to temporary COVID-19 local lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government.
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Funding is available for business-led feasibility studies and research and development projects focused on innovation in electric vehicle battery technology.
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In recognition of the additional pressures many hospices are experiencing due to COVID-19 and the associated restrictions on normal activities, this funder is holding a second funding round.
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The new one-off Weston Culture Fund aims to support performing and visual arts organisations, arts centres, accredited museums and galleries as they try to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
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UK organisations are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers, hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, to secure jobs and financial help.
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Grants for voluntary and community organisations set up or run by leaders with first-hand experience of a social issue to ensure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities across the UK move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.
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Funding is available to enable vulnerable children and young people in the UK to overcome financial barriers preventing them from achieving their education, training or employment goals.
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This worldwide competition is open to young writers of any nationality to recognise exceptional literary work.
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This scheme will assist UK film, television and cinema workers most affected by COVID-19, offering them financial and wellbeing support over six months.
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Community groups in the UK can apply for grants to create events or activities that engage under-represented audiences as part of British Science Week 2021.
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State-funded, non-selective schools or colleges in challenging circumstances can apply for funding to organise their own events as part of British Science Week 2021.
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Short application window opens for volunteering initiatives organised by young people in response to COVID-19
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An £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme will be delivered over five years from 2021 to 2026, providing up to 180,000 new homes across England, should economic conditions allow.
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Funding is available for teams from the UK’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics arenas, capable of developing major public engagement projects that will showcase the UK’s creativity and innovation.
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Residential development loan funding is available for SME developers to help deliver more homes in England and Wales.
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A fund for food businesses in the UK to offset the costs of sending good quality surplus food to good causes, helping the people who need it most.
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Funding for environmental charities and partners to kick-start projects to halt the loss of wildlife and tackle climate change in the aftermath of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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Firms in England that are required to shut because of local coronavirus interventions will now be able to claim up to £1,500 per property every three weeks.
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The third and final funding round of the Social Enterprise Support Fund has now opened for applications.
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After a four-month break, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the programme has re-opened for applications.
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The KFC Foundation has launched its first public call for applications for funding from local, grassroots organisations that are empowering young people in the UK.
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Unrestricted grants to help small charities and social enterprises in the UK plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in the post-coronavirus world.
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Grants are available for public sector and not-for-profit organisations in England that are working with young people between the ages of 14 and 24 years to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work, taking approaches that can be tested, evaluated and implemented on a larger scale.
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Impetus - Private Equity Foundation- Financial and other support is available to ambitious, innovative charities and social enterprises that are helping children and young people living in poverty in the UK to succeed at school and work.
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Grants are available for registered charities, social enterprises and constituted charitable groups to help people in the UK when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.
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Grants are available for charitable organisations to carry out projects in areas of social needs (youth and employment, help for older people, the arts and the environment) in Cumbria.
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Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. We provide financial support to help people get back on track.
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Grants are available for grassroots Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 needs of local disabled people.
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Funding for UK registered charities for projects that support education, environmental protection, arts, culture, heritage, science, poverty and disability relief, citizenship and community development.
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Grants are available for grassroots, local groups and organisations who can support LGBTQ+ communities through the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
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Grants are available for football clubs in England and Wales to prepare for the safe return of football and supporters to their stadia, taking into account the additional risks posed by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
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A scheme to help young people into work and spur Britain's economic revival following COVID-19 has been launched by the Government.
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Innovators from across the world are being challenged and funded for their innovative new design solutions that serve the function of today’s single-use plastic retail bag, delivering consumer convenience and lessening environmental impacts.
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Financial support is being provided to help employers in England hire new apprentices in a move designed to boost employment following the coronavirus outbreak.
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An arts commissioning programme that enables new work by emerging disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences.
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Grants are available to UK registered charities and organisations with charitable status that are working to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and their families in the UK.
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A programme for energy start-ups in the UK to accelerate the energy transition to deliver more and cleaner energy.
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Grants are available to public and professional UK-based organisations for activities that will reduce the risk of death and injury for all road users.
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Grants are available to a range of organisations for music projects in England that increase the number of children and young people across England who have the opportunity to take part in high-quality musical activities.
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One-off capital grants are available to registered charities in England and Wales, as well as those with 'accepted' and 'exempt' status, for projects in the areas of community, education, health and social welfare.
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Community organisation in rural and urban England that want to take control of their local pub for the benefit of the local community can apply now for a support package.
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Funding to support a wide range of community groups, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups as part of their coronavirus/COVID-19 emergency response.
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Funding for Not-for-Profit Organisations in England to Develop Digital Capabilities in Response to COVID-19 Crisis
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Grants are available for VCSE organisations in England to run projects that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age.
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Grants are available to meet the immediate needs of LGBT+ people and communities adversely affected by the pandemic.
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Innovation funding, coupled with tailored support, will be awarded to businesswomen in the UK who have enterprising ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation and deliver economic growth.
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Financial support is available for freelance professional theatre workers who are struggling financially because the impacts of coronavirus.
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