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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 registered charities in the UK carrying out medical, social welfare or general welfare activities.
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Grants for capital projects are available to small and medium-sized charities registered in the UK working to assist homeless people to rebuild their lives and return to the community.
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Grants for clubs, community groups and regions across the UK with an active interest in wider canoeing participation. Application deadline: 31/01/2019
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Grants available to support road safety projects which help to improve the safety of all road users throughout the UK through research, education, engineering or enforcement. Application deadline: 31/01/2019
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Grants are available to help disabled people in the UK to play tennis through the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching.
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The purpose of The Art Fund Prize (formerly the Gulbenkian Prize) for museums and galleries is to recognise and stimulate originality and excellence in museums and galleries in the UK, and increase public appreciation and enjoyment of all they have to offer.
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The aim of the fund is to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education.
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Power to Change will support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England to help more people respond to local need and opportunity and change the places in which they live for the better. The programme is open to applications until 14 February 2019.
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BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing.
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Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track.  You can access their free Grant Search to find out what charitable funds you may be eligible for and much more.   Go to this link here for full information https://www.turn2us.org.uk/
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Grants are available for community organisations, sports clubs, statutory bodies and educational establishments to enhance local community spaces which encourage people to play sport and get active.
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Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million for collaborative projects that significantly reduce emissions and build the UK supply chain. The competition opens on 7 January 2019 and the deadline for applications is at midday on 6 March 2019.
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The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. The next deadline for applications is 13 January 2019.
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Funding Central provides unique access to thousands of grants, contracts and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international funding sources, all in one place, through one search.
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There is increasing awareness of the issue of children being at risk of hunger during the school holidays and a growing response from a wide range of organisations. The Department for Education is piloting a coordinated response in nine council areas in England.
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Funding for an experienced voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisation or partnership to improve access to training, support and advice for charities across England.
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The £200 million Youth Endowment Fund will provide a 10 year investment to support interventions steering young people away from becoming serious offenders. It will also continue to build upon evidence to ensure that the most effective interventions for tackling serious violence are supported. The deadline to submit proposals to run the Fund is 23 January 2019.
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Grants are available for listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK to support urgent maintenance work and small investigative works.
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Grants are available for listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK to support developing a church building project.
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According to the government, the UK will be a pioneering nation in the development of sustainable packaging, on the back £60 million of new public funding.
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Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations based in local communities in England, Scotland and Wales to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of their local communities.
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The Government has launched the Pocket Parks Plus fund to support local community groups to develop their own small plots of land which provide an oasis from urban life and that help improve the physical and mental health of surrounding communities.
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This upcoming investment accelerator is providing simultaneous grant funding from Innovate UK (IUK) and private investment from Sky Ocean Ventures, for early stage projects undertaken by UK companies.
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UK-based customs intermediaries and traders who complete, or intend to complete, customs declarations are being invited to apply for funding for training and IT ahead of Brexit.
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The objective of the fund is to identify and document good practice that is achieving outcomes for women on low incomes by building their skills, confidence and aspirations to enable them to enter into employment.
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Grants for voluntary and community organisations and charities to help with the cost of holidays or respite breaks for young people (aged 3 to 17 years) with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities, with preference for Scottish children.
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Grants are available to support individuals in the UK working in all areas of movement and dance who wish to travel in order to enrich their practice and pursue a personal passion. Application deadline: 17/01/2019
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Financial and advisory assistance available to UK-based private and public sector organisations to help them make water savings and reduce water consumption.
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Grants are available for charitable organisations to support general charitable projects that benefit residents of Cumbria, Dumfriesshire, Lancaster, Preston and Haltwhistle.
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Grant for projects in the UK that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 25 years to fulfil their potential.
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Grants for capital projects are available to small and medium-sized charities registered in the UK working to assist homeless people to rebuild their lives and return to the community.
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Small grants are available for small local charities undertaking general charitable activities in Cumbria for project costs.
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Royal Mail supports the growth the small businesses that it works with and aims to be a worthy business partner to them all. The Royal Mail Small Business Festive Competition offers small firms an opportunity to win a financial prize to boost their operations.
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The Fund aims to support voluntary groups and social enterprises in England to tackle these barriers and to stimulate new approaches and identify good practice that other organisations can learn from and replicate.
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Thousands of women and girls across the country are set to benefit from a new £15 million round of the Tampon Tax Fund
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The Nationwide Building Society Community Grants programme is now open for applications in your area.  Charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in your local area.
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This funding programme offers both large and small grants to help people who face social isolation or loneliness for reasons such as financial hardship, care responsibilities, a decline in physical or mental health, or life transitions including retirement or bereavement.
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Now’s the Time programme will award up to £1 million through a Challenge Fund which asks: “What would you do toward ending sexual harassment?” Large grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 for over one to three years are being made available to women's organisations applying in partnership with at least one other organisation. Partnerships across sectors is encouraged, supporting specialist organisations to reach out to colleagues in businesses, unions, local councils, schools and colle...
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Grants of up to £20,000 are available for UK-based projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant.
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The Childcare Business Grants Scheme was introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It encourages and supports the starting-up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant.
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The deadline is approaching for applications to the Transform Foundation’s 2018 Charity Website Grant Programme, with the application window set to close on 14th December.
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Grant contribution to pay towards upgrading business broadband to a high-speed capable connection.
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The Department for Education (DfE), along with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, is providing funding through this initiative to support teacher internships.
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Are you a home owner? Homelife Carlisle has various fully funded home improvement grants to help you and your family stay safe and warm, promote independence in your home and to keep you healthy and well in your home.
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VCSE health and wellbeing fund 2019 to 2020: how to applyVoluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations can apply for funding to run projects focused on improving children and young people’s mental health. 
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The new funding comes as part of the Government’s commitment in its recently published Civil Society Strategy which outlined plans to help charities build their digital capabilities to benefit service-users and wider society.
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Arts Council England is offering funding to provide a programme of extra-curricular activity in school and community settings across England. The total budget is £5 million with £1 million over three academic years per application. Minimum match funding of 10% of total project budget as cash match.
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UK registered charities with an income of less than £2 million a year, that are working with disadvantaged children and young people (babies to 25 years) who are considered the most in need can apply for grants of up to £30,000.
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With funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the Centre for Ageing Better will make five grants of around 40,000 to £60,000 each.
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Power to Change, an independent trust that supports community businesses in England, has set up this new £1 million fund and expert support programme to pioneer innovative community-led projects and business models that put community businesses ‘at the heart of energy system change’.
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Businesses around the UK are being urged to make use of a £2500 voucher for gigabit broadband speeds before the scheme closes due to high demand.
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Capalona offers access to alternative business finance for small business and SMEs based in the UK.
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Indirect financial assistance for older people in distress in the UK who need essential items to make their lives more comfortable. Grants are paid directly to the provider or supplier of goods.
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Apprenticeships Skills Minister, Anne Milton, has announced a new round of grants are available through a £15 million fund for colleges in England that need to improve the quality of their provision of education and training.
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The Yapp Charitable Trust make grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work.
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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 including in the North West.
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A fund for UK based professional musicians of all genres to aid professional development and encourage new habits and good practices of sustainable wellbeing.
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Small grants are available for charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK.
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Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £20 million to deliver game changing or disruptive innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. Competition closes: Wednesday 14 November 2018 12:00pm
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This is a reminder that final applications for the Transform Foundation’s 2018 Charity Website Grant Programme are now being accepted.
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A £3.7 million fund providing small-scale repayable finance to socially-driven arts and cultural organisations.
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Grants are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community.
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Flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.
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Thinking of applying for Biffa Award funding? Deadlines for projects under the Rebuilding Biodiversity and Recreation theme are soon! Deadlines Thinking of applying for Biffa Award funding? Deadlines for projects under the Rebuilding Biodiversity and Recreation theme are soon! Expression of Interest deadline is 5th November 2018 12 noon Full application deadline is 3rd December 2018 12 noon
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Grants are available to small local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations for projects which can show a contribution to the priorities within Cumbria's Police and Crime Plan and that deliver a change within their local community.
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A scheme to provide eligible applicants with voucher support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints in the UK.
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The Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) aims to reduce the cost of eligible electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen cars. The scheme is part of a wider initiative to promote the uptake of next generation, ultra-low emission vehicle technologies. The grant is available to individuals and businesses in the UK. Vehicles must be pre-approved and registered in the UK. Both commercial and private buyers are eligible to purchase vehicles under the scheme.
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A funding and complementary support package for ambitious social ventures within the employability sector in England, designed to improve people's access to employment.
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Advance Notice – Capital funding through grants and loans for public, private and third sector organisations undertaking activities to boost the uptake of low carbon heating network projects for domestic and public buildings in England and Wales.
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Safe and Warm grants up to £7,500 are available to Carlisle home owners who need work such as new heating or repairs, energy efficiency measures, work to rectify hazards or other improvements to their home to help keep them safe, warm and healthy. You can apply if a member of your household has a health condition, is a carer, aged over 50 OR on a low income. You do not necessarily have to be in receipt of welfare benefits to qualify and we will consider all applications.Home improvements t...
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The Digital Fund is a new UK wide £15 million funding programme to support charities and community organisations. It is about helping the charity and voluntary sector to use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive. Applications initially open on 22nd October 2018 and close on 3rd December 2018. There will be further opportunities to apply in 2019.
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Very small grants to support not-for-profit projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and will be of real direct benefit to families across England, Wales and Scotland. The next deadline for applications is 15 November 2018.
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Funding is available to women and girl-led organisations, partnerships, consortia and women’s funds who are supporting women to have collective power, build movements and become change agents. Application deadline: 07/12/2018
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Call for project’s providing research and innovation support in Cumbria.
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Call to run project’s focused on preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency in Cumbria.
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Call to run project’s supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in Cumbria.
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The largest community funder in the UK will have a new name starting from the end of January 2019.
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Grants are available for community based groups and organisations in the UK to create events or activities that engage under-represented audiences as part of British Science Week (BSW).
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A small number of large grants will be made to single lead organisations who will work with delivery organisations to fund the development of new and innovative ways to support veterans with severe mental health needs who do not meet the criteria for hospitalisation, and to support their families and carers.
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Solway, Border & Eden are now inviting Expressions of Interests (EOIs) for LEADER funding to support projects under Priority 2 - Support for Small & Micro Enterprises and Farm Diversification. 
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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.
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The programme, which is run by the Transform Foundation, offers £18,000 grants to charities to fund the redevelopment of their website, to ramp up their online income and increase their charitable impact.  It has so far helped charities raise more than £10m in donations.
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Funding is available for the UK's voluntary and community sector to provide advice and support to HMRC customers who need extra help understanding and complying with their obligations and claiming their entitlements.
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Shell Springboard aims to provide a financial boost to small to medium-sized enterprises across the UK that have an innovative business idea. Business ideas should be for a product or service which will lead to greenhouse gas reductions. The idea should also be innovative and commercially viable. Fund Information: Funding body:Shell Springboard Maximum value:£ 150,000 Application deadline:29/10/2018
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Awards carrying cash prizes to showcase those working in the IT service and support industry in the UK, recognising, the excellence, professionalism and innovation in the industry and celebrating the achievements of individuals and teams for the contribution they make.
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Rosa has launched the 'Now's the Time' large grants programme from the Justice and Equality Fund. Now’s the Time programme will award up to £1 million through a Challenge Fund which asks: “What would you do toward ending sexual harassment?”
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Funding to support innovative ideas that will connect people with nature in a local setting and which focus on UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi.
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GRANTfinder senior consultant Remco van der Zouw describes what he’s learned over the years.
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The Small Grant scheme is aimed at local groups and organisations to hold activities that mark the centenary in their community. Applications will be considered from parish and town councils, voluntary or community organisations, not-for-profits including social enterprises, community interest companies, schools, colleges, and universities. Grants of between £300 and £2,000 are available for activities that start by 15 December 2018 and are completed by 31 December 2018. The deadline for a...
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