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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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"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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Launch of the 2020 Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs. These awards provide young entrepreneurs in the UK who are looking to enter the creative industries and who have a desire to create and sustain social value through their enterprise. Start-up capital, business training and mentoring will be provided.
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Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is keen to work with sector partners from arts, museums, heritage and libraries to develop new ideas or fundraising support programmes specific to those sectors.
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Grants are available to help not-for-profit sports clubs, local authorities and schools in England to carry out local community sports projects and encourage more people to be involved in sport.
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A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.
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Small grants are available to charities and non-profit making organisations with a focus on helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals in the UK to participate in sport.
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The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust provides grants for the provision of leisure activities for the disabled in the UK.
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Grants of up to £20,000 available for capital projects in adult hospices in the UK that are members of Hospice UK.
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Use the Disability Grants website to save time finding suitable grant funding.
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Active Cumbria can support individuals, clubs and organisations access a wide variety of funds help people across Cumbria engage with physical activity.
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Grants are available for charitable organisations in the UK to carry out projects that benefit the Armed Forces community.
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Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to support Service or ex-Service men or women, or their families as they make the transition to civilian life within the UK
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Not-for-profit organisations in England can apply for grants to support the development of new cycling facilities or to improve existing cycling facilities in their communities.
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This programme offers grants to assist UK-registered independent music companies with marketing campaigns when looking to introduce successful UK music projects overseas.
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This scheme celebrates the best writing projects by national and international stage, screen and radio writers, aged 16 or over.
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Grants for hospices in England and Wales to widen access and address barriers for people experiencing homelessness or people with learning disabilities.
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The grant funding is for projects that will improve accessibility to waterways and facilities thereby enabling greater use of them. There is particular interest in enabling enhanced participation in paddle sports for all people.
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Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community awards programme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is used to fund community projects across the UK.
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Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.
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Funding is available for UK businesses, community groups, charities, universities, civil society and public sector organisations, supporting innovations in new forms of everyday democracy and civic participation.
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A new innovation and research fund for innovative projects that seek to reduce the impact of packaging, batteries or WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) on the UK’s environment.
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The Solway, Border & Eden Local Action Group has secured an extension allowing returned funds to be reallocated to new projects and is now in a position to launch a Call for Projects under Priority 2 – Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification.
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Funding is being offered to help entrepreneurs start new businesses in rural areas of the UK.
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Community projects across the county have received a share of more than £360,000 to tackle issues such as unemployment, bullying, financial exclusion and health and wellbeing.
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Young people who are wanting to travel abroad and experience foreign culture can apply for funding towards the cost.
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This prize aims to identify the finest museums and galleries in the UK.
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A programme to find and support the most talented startup founders and help them create technology based solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. The programme’s thematic focus areas are: •A sustainable planet •A better society •Healthy lives
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The National Emergencies Trust will collaborate with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money and support victims at the time of a domestic disaster.
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The new version of the Code of Fundraising Practice, which came into effect in October is designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising. It is also designed to be easier for the public to navigate.
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A fundraising platform has launched in the UK with the aim of matchmaking charities with funders by demonstrating the impact of their work.
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Funding for not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need in their communities.
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Listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK are invited to apply for grants towards urgent maintenance works and small investigative works in 2020.
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Food biochemical processing / food valorisation – January 2020Programme of grants to support pilot projects to provide new biochemical processing or valorisation for food that would otherwise become waste. We are encouraging industry to propose new processes and technologies that can be implemented and tested, with the project results being reported by the recipient back to Defra / WRAP. The grants will fund both revenue and capital costs.   Citizens food waste prevention interv...
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Funding is available for UK businesses and research and technology organisations to develop proposals for practical demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.
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Applications for interest-free loans will be accepted until the end of December from charitable and not-for-profit organisations for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces in the UK.
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After a break of several months, the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales have relaunched its grants programme with a ‘simpler, more flexible and transparent approach’ to help smaller charities be stronger and more effective.
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The Transmission Fund is designed to help professional musicians build their careers by providing grant opportunities, allowing them to focus on developing their artistic practice and furthering their professional development at a crucial point in their career.
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Grants are available to public, private and third sector groups for innovative projects that pilot new ways of working with at-risk groups, in order to reduce offending and re-offending and address the issues of domestic and sexual violence in Cumbria.
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Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England towards the capital costs of work to restore redundant or underused, community-owned historic buildings in town centres and bring them back into use.
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Grants are available to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.
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Grants are available for projects, organisations or ideas that can make a systemic impact to improve ageing in the UK.
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Grants of up to £2,000 will be available to schools in the UK in the new year to help young people engage with classical music.
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Helping communities with great ideas to improve their place
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Grants to support news organisations and other innovators working in England with bold new approaches to public interest news, so communities have access to reliable news about the issues that matter most to them.
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It's time to say: "Happy 25th Birthday!" But what has The National Lottery ever done for us?
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Grants of £100 to £1000 to fund ideas that will bring people together. Open to applications from 23rd November, for a 2 week period only.
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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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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 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 in England, Scotland and Wales.
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Small grants are available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families in England, Scotland and Wales.
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Smaller organisations that often find core costs hard to fund can benefit from one-year grants of up to £3,000 as part of the Woodward Charitable Trust’s revised grants scheme.
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Talented UK individuals looking to further their career in the film, commercial television and cinema industries may apply for support through this scheme.
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Grants are available for schools, children’s hospices, support groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations to support recreational and educational day trips for groups of children and young people (aged 5-25 years) who have disabilities and life-limiting conditions in the UK.
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Call to run a project to develop better links between business, schools and further and higher education partners to equip students with the skills to meet local business needs in Cumbria.
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Funding, coupled with expert advice, is now available for social-purpose businesses in the UK to help people encountering barriers to employment, including the disabled, ex-offenders and the homeless.
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Funding for UK businesses, collaborating with other businesses or research organisations, undertaking feasibility study projects demonstrating solutions that can transform food production and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040.
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The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) has launched a new round of its School Choices Fund which is open to research teams that are able to conduct studies.
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Awards recognising outstanding renewable energy projects in the UK and the developing world, promoting the widespread use of local, sustainable energy, because of the environmental, social and economic benefits which it can provide.
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Grants available from the Department for Education (DfE) to school-led partnerships to support teacher internships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
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Grant funding of up to £750,000 is available for activities undertaken by small and micro-businesses, particularly in the food, drink and tourism sectors, which will create jobs and boost the growth of the rural economy.
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New fund to support communities across the UK take action on climate change.
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Grants are available to support the purchase of specialist equipment to help get more disabled people involved in sport and physical activity in England.
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Grants are available to UK-based community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities.
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This Challenge Prize will reward products and services that use innovative digital technologies to support older people to participate fully in social life.
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Capital funding is available for academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided (VA) schools in England to transform facilities, improve school buildings and create more good school places.
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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 for consortia in parts of England where people’s involvement in arts and culture is in the bottom third of engagement to develop a programme of cultural activity and engagement over four years but with a 10-year vision. The funding is for new places across England.
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Grants are available to small local charitable organisations that are providing a service to the heart of their community within the UK for projects that meet a need and will make a difference to local people. Deadline 11 November 2019.
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This prize has been established to reward UK writers wishing to explore innovation in short-form storytelling.
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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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Grants are available for projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.
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Government launches new one-off fund to support new pocket parks as well as to restore and renovate existing parks that benefit local communities.
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This programme supports the next generation of product-focused entrepreneurs, helping them to develop crucial areas of their business to help with growth and production.
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Grants are available to museums and galleries in the UK to support projects developing exisiting collections and which will demonstrate the special potential of museums to make a difference to people’s lives.
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More than 3,600 farmers receive money to spend on time-saving and innovative farm equipment
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The Sunny Art Award is an international art competition hosted by the Sunny Art Centre in London.
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Playwriters can win funding and a trip to the capital to witness their play broadcast on the BBC World Service.
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The Department for Education is provding an annual bursary to colleges that can be used to cover costs associated with the National Leaders of Further Education role.
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Grants are available to fund technologies that support the floating offshore wind industry, with applications from the private sector, non-profits and academic institutions from the UK and across the world.
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Grants are available for voluntary organisations supporting the rehabilitation of people in the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
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Government loans are being offered to private sector property developers to build schools alongside new housing developments in England.
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Business loans for established small and medium-sized creative industry firms from across the UK that are showing potential for growth and scaling, in addition to revenue and intellectual property.
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Grants available to schools and colleges in England who are using technology effectively, to share their experience and support other education providers.
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