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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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UK-based medical research charity LifeArc has created a £10 million fund to support research to accelerate the development and testing of therapeutics that can be rapidly deployed to treat the symptoms of COVID-19.
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Registered charities working with early years disadvantaged children in England and Wales can apply for small sums of unrestricted funding to assist them during this difficult period.
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Government has announced nearly £3 billion to help make more hospital beds available during the coronavirus outbreak.
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The Chancellor has unveiled a further series of measures to support people, jobs and businesses across the UK.
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£500,000 of funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus.
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The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support long-term viable small and medium-sized businesses in the UK to access bank lending and overdrafts, responding to cash-flow pressures caused by the coronavirus.
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The £1 million Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has been set up by MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis personal charity fund to help those affected by the coronavirus.
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Advance notice - The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support primarily small and medium-sized businesses in the UK to access bank lending and overdrafts.
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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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Addressing the nation, the Chancellor has outlined a range of emergency financial measures to help businesses survive as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.
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Funding announced to help local authorities in England to support rough sleepers during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Funding is being provided to small businesses across a number of countries around the world to help them survive the coronavirus crisis.
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Private lenders are making funds available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including £2 billion from Lloyds Banking Group and £5 billion from NatWest.
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The EU Settlement Scheme was launched in March 2019. Except in a few cases, EU citizens and their family members need to apply if they want to live and work in the UK after 30 June 2021. So far it has seen more than 3.2 million applications and nearly 2.9 million granted status.Last year, the Home Office awarded £9 million of funding to 57 charities across the UK to help vulnerable EU citizens with their applications, and has now announced that funding will continue.Charities and local aut...
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Businesses can now sign up to Virgin Money Giving and create their own branded fundraising hubs in minutes, free of charge to help them with their corporate fundraising.The new Virgin Money Giving fundraising hubs let businesses fundraise for their chosen charity partner or a number of charities and see all their activity in one place. The hubs can be branded and customised for each business. There is also an app for teams so they can track their progress and thank supporters.Alongside this, Vir...
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Cash prizes and distribution assistance are available to UK short filmmakers.
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Annual funding to encourage innovation in healthcare and increase the sustainability of health systems.
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A national bank has set aside a funding package to help businesses impacted by the recent storms and resulting flooding.
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Support is available for start-ups and entrepreneurs who are combating climate change with science or tech-based ideas in the areas of agriculture and food production.
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Repayable loans of up to £1,000,000 available to support the UK’s arts, culture and heritage social enterprises.
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A private bank is teaming up with an active investment provider to launch a new funding initiative which will address a lack of diversity in UK entrepreneurialism.
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Entrepreneurial women and young people are set to benefit from government-backed funds to help turn inspiring ideas into thriving businesses.
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Funding for local grassroots, community led groups to support capacity building or project delivery to deliver change by drawing on the ‘lived experiences’ of people who have experienced the issues being tackled.
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This international initiative aims to elicit creative ideas that will encourage the invention of new green products and services and combat CO2 emissions.
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Grant funding is being provided to help small businesses in the UK ‘make the leap’ and overcome barriers to accessing finance.
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Funding 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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Funding for community organisations across the UK to promote an electrical safety message in their communities.
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Funding for short-term projects in England to promote inter-faith and community work and to build bridges between people of all backgrounds.
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BIFFA are welcoming online Expressions of Interest for both themes for between £250,000 and £750,000 for large-scale projects of regional or national significance. In a change from 2019, both themes will be considered by the board in both rounds.
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Grants of £500 will be available to small local charities and community groups for community projects in Great Britain that support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving their physical health.
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The Department for Education has launched a new grant fund to help Further Education colleges in England share good practice and develop quality improvement priorities.
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Grants are available for organisations to support projects that help disadvantaged children in the North of England succeed at school, specifically in academic attainment in maths, literacy or science.
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Funding to support new community business ideas in England through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage.
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Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England for the creation of new affiliated female or disability football teams.
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Young people across the UK are invited to apply for grants for projects that celebrate UK native plants and fungi in a creative way.
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Young people in the UK who wish to study for a relevant training course in printing, publishing or graphic arts may apply for this award scheme.
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Advance notice – A £2 million fund has been proposed to support local airfields (airfield owners, operators, local councils and associated businesses), providing commercial expertise and helping general aviation businesses grow.
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Funding available to empower voluntary and community sector organisations to work together with the local health and care sector to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities.
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Short term business loans are available for small companies in the UK that are looking to expand or manage their cash flow.
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GoodJobs, the low-cost fundraising jobs board, is offering quarterly prizes to fund fundraising training in the UK
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An award is available those based in the United Kingdom who are creating high quality British work.
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Grants are available to community groups and organisations for environmental and community projects that are within a 10-mile radius of either Hespin Wood or Flusco Pike landfill sites (in parts of Eden, Carlisle and Allerdale).
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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, particularly those who are experiencing challenging circumstances and who face barriers to music making.
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The Ulverscroft Foundation provides funding to projects in the UK that benefit the visually impaired. It funds work to assist and improve the treatment and education of the visually impaired. It also funds medical research and facilities for the treatment or alleviation of visual impairment.
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Revenue funding is available for early stage voluntary and community organisations exploring community led housing in England.
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England’s farmers, foresters and land managers can now apply for a range of schemes under the simplified 2021 Countryside Stewardship scheme to help them protect the environment.
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Funding for public bodies, non-government organisations, community groups, charities, individuals and private companies, to support the planting and establishment of large and small trees in urban and peri-urban areas of England.
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The Road Safety Trust’s annual Major Themed Grants Programme has re-opened for applications.
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Funding to help 'artists of colour' from across Britain to overcome barriers to participating and performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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Funding is available to support the development of new or refurbished local football facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces, for the benefit of communities in England.
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Interest-free loans are available to cricket clubs in England and Wales to finance capital projects, including renovations, to improve facilities which contribute to increased participation in cricket.
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Projects that support farm businesses, rural businesses and communities to plan for and recover from natural disasters such as flooding or animal disease and build resilience.
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Projects that support farm businesses, rural businesses and communities to plan for and recover from natural disasters such as flooding or animal disease and build resilience.
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Grants of National Lottery funding up to £5,000 could help repair damage to pitches and facilities.
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Rural businesses in England are being encouraged to apply for a share of a £50 million grant scheme which aims to create jobs and boost the growth of the rural economy.
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Funding available to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education.
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Grants are available to help organisations and individuals in the UK to host an Armed Forces Day event which can take place within two weeks of the Armed Forces Day event.
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Crowdfunder launches a fee-free platform for charity fundraising, with transaction charges covered, no fee taken on Gift Aid, and platform fees set to 0%.
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Financial support is available for professional musicians to undertake projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions.
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Third sector and statutory organisations such as town, parish or community councils can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £20,000 to deliver extra sessions or to expand existing sessions in youth clubs in England, with the aim of reaching more young people.
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Funding Central has news about the Postcode Local Trust, Postcode Community Trust and the People’s Postcode Trust.Grants range from £500–£20,000 and are available to wide variety of organisations and projects so read more on Funding Central to see which one might be right for you. The current funding rounds for all three close on 4 February, so get your skates on (however there will be further funding rounds in March so keep your eyes peeled if you don’t get an appl...
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Groundwork has partnered up with Comic Relief to offer grants of up to £4,000 to support community projects across England The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.
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Funding for UK business-led, collaborative industrial research projects and experimental development projects addressing major cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things.
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Grants available to Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales to support crime prevention plans in areas affected by high levels of acquisitive crime.
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Grants are available for group activities that support women aged 16 years and older to get active by overcoming barriers.
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Small grants to support the UK’s most talented young instrumentalists who because of financial need may be prevented from fulfilling their creative potential.
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Grants are available for academic institutions, civil society groups, trade and industry associations and organisations to support independent research into privacy and data protection issues and develop privacy enhancing solutions.
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Recognising the most ambitious and enterprising self-employed people in the UK, these awards now are open to entries, with financial support and supplementary assistance on offer.
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Armed Forced charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) as well as charities and CICs that have substantial experience in working with veterans have one last opportunity to apply for fixed one-year grants of £35,000 or two-year grants of £70,000 before the programme ends.The funding is for activity-based projects (such as sports, arts, culture, heritage or getting outside) that will have a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of veterans throughout the UK. Priori...
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A new funding programme for England with a focus on improving the health and wellbeing of communities in areas experiencing the most disadvantage is expected to open in Spring 2020.
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This award recognises outstanding investigative journalism, undertaken by journalists working in any medium.
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Capacity-building grants and business aid are available to charities and social enterprises working in the homelessness, youth, mental health, and equality sectors to help them make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones.
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Two new grants have opened to applications, funding projects that aim to combat food waste in England.
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Grants are available to support organisations in the UK that are undertaking projects which fill up educational gaps or make a particular aspect of education or learning more widely available.
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Core funding for charities, community and voluntary groups in the UK that are working to support unpaid carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders to help them make a progressive development to improve future resilience.
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Armed Forces charities have until early March to submit their funding application for projects and activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans throughout the UK.
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today (28 Jan) launched a new £500 million investment that will re-open lines and stations closed in the Beeching era cuts of the 1960s and 1970s. Communities do not need to have been affected by the Beeching closures to be eligible for funding.
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The Growing Our Potential Fund from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, aims to provide direct funding to local firms to help them deliver their growth plans.
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Apply for grants of up to £35,000 to help young people support each other and improve wellbeing on the move up to secondary school (England only)
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Grants are available for regionally based organisations that can deliver support to people over the age of 65 who are currently unaware of smart meters to ensure they understand how smart meters can benefit them.
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Charitable organisations that support energy customers in Great Britain are invited to apply for grants to support individual energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
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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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"I established SJL Insurance 18 years ago with a Worcester council grant of £500, which I used to buy a desk and computer, so I want the story to go full circle and help others do the same with our PayItForward movement." Simon Lancaster, Trustee of the SJL Foundation
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This fund has been set up to pilot ways to overcome the barriers people face when they consider making the transition from volunteering at major events to local grassroots volunteering.
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Charities will be able to apply for a share of £100m over the next year from a new charity launched by the billionaire co-founder of the online investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown.
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The Aviva Community Fund has opened for applications and announced a series of changes in its structure, which includes that Aviva employees now have the final say on which charities get funding. 
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Funding for groups and individuals across the UK who provide and promote swimming in their local community.
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Cumbria CVS can help you write successful funding applications, and provide funding searches, high impact funding events and professional training.
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The Events Industry Forum is looking for worthy projects to support with grant funding that will be of benefit to the outdoor event industry.
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Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales can take the first step in the application process by submitting an online expression of interest.
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Short-term, designated funding is available for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain that focus on the 2020 themes to improve community health and wellbeing, increase participation in arts and physical recreation, or reduce isolation.
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Short-term, designated funding is available for new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain that improve biodiversity and green spaces, increase community access to outdoor space, or combat climate change and promote sustainability
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The Rural Payments service is Defra’s online registration system for farmers, animal keepers and rural traders and businesses. They can use it to register their details, see and update digital maps of their land and make online applications for certain rural grants and payments.
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Students studying to become paramedics, radiographers and physiotherapists will be among those receiving the new financial support from September.
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A contest to reward authors from around the world in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.
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Developers, innovators and entrepreneurs who wish to create and launch location information or technology-focused products are being supported through this programme.
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Funding is available to support UK video games development, aimed at helping smaller companies get concepts off the drawing board and into production.
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Funding of £1.25 million is available in 2020 for UK museums and galleries to support work that will make their existing collections more empowering, relevant and dynamic to people.
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PRS Foundation Announces 2020 Deadlines. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators in the UK.
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