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Open 4 Business Portal

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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 UK registered charities for general charitable purposes.
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A programme supporting female entrepreneurs from across the UK to access funding and supplementary support to help them start up in business.
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The Robin Rigg Community Fund is available to community groups and organisations in the Solway area undertaking activities that contribute to the reduction of the effects of climate change or otherwise benefit the local community.
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The government’s Business Readiness Fund has been established provide funding for business organisations and trade associations to help firms with their preparations ahead of the UK’s imminent departure from the European Union.
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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.
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The Home Secretary has launched a £25 million fund to prevent burglary and theft in crime hotspots.
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Speak directly to funders; access essential funding information, advice and support; network with other local organisations.
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A new £7.5 million fund that aims to support activity that will bring people and communities together across the UK will open for applications in November 2019.
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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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Tech-focused transport start-ups can now bid for a share of almost £1 million in funding.
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Not-for-profit organisations have until 11 October to submit an Expressions of Interest for grants of more than £5 million for transformative, innovative and collaborative heritage projects in the UK.
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Grants are available for charitable organisations in the UK undertaking general charitable activities, particularly projects which support education and social welfare.
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Grants are available for charitable organisations in the UK working with individuals suffering from poverty and hardship.
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Grant funding is available to third sector and voluntary organisations in England for projects that strengthen the ability of the sector to reduce or avoid risk to the historic environment.
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Capital grants are available for Armed Forces charities to renovate or refurbish community halls used by veterans and their communities.
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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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Grants are available for football associations, football leagues, community groups and other non-profit organisations who wish to develop new youth futsal leagues in England.
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Funding is available for that produce insights on how to progress collective intelligence to address social ills.
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HSBC has increased its nationwide lending fund for SMEs by £2 billion to £14 billion.
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Community based groups in the UK that need some funding to create events or activities that engage under-represented audiences as part of British Science Week 2020 can apply now.
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State-funded, non-selective schools or colleges in challenging circumstances can apply now for grants to organise their own event during British Science Week 2020.
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Funding is being awarded to musicians of all genres to aid professional development and encourage new habits and good practices of sustainable wellbeing.
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A new fund has been announced to help prospective entrepreneurs in the UK set up in business.
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Grants are available to support not-for-profit organisations in the UK with educational projects that encourage young people’s interest in the countryside and the environment.
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Grants and additional support to improve the leadership skills of those managing engineering and technology start-ups and SMEs in the UK, supporting the pursuit of excellence in engineering.
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Funding for existing community businesses to grow and become more financially sustainable.
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Competition will support projects that transform food production systems, improve productivity and sustainability, and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040.
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Funding for local grassroots community groups to support capacity building or project development that will benefit local communities.
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The Road Safety Trust has opened a new small grants programme to help improve road safety at a local level.
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Business development and grant support are available to boost the growth and sustainability of community businesses across England that are being run for the public benefit.
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This scheme supports emerging film producers in the UK who are starting out in their professional careers.
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The Department for Education (DfE) is providing a new £17m grants programme to support trust growth and development across England.
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The government has unveiled a £10 million grant scheme for business support agencies to assist UK firms in preparing for Brexit.
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Three or four large grants are available to give British charities the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life.
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MSE Charity is currently accepting UK applications to its ‘Life Changing Transition’ theme but will close as soon as 40 applications are accepted so groups should not wait to apply.
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Funding to help SME businesses in the UK explore and develop export opportunities through trade missions, trade shows or market research.
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Loans for UK SMEs to fund game-changing innovation projects with strong commercial potential that will significantly improve the UK economy.
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Grants of up to £150,000 available to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and up to ten schools to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom.
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Grants are available to local grassroots organisations for local projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls in local communities across the UK.
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Financial awards to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin.
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Grants to support the conservation and sustainable use of church buildings in the UK, focusing on larger and more complex projects with priority given to urgent structural repairs or the introduction of kitchens and accessible toilets.
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Grants of up to £12,000 are available to accredited museums in England to support projects that have an impact on museums’ business model, and to improve their financial sustainability.
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Small musuems in the UK have until 30 September to apply for grants up to £10,000 to help with the conservation of their collections.
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Grants of up to £10,000 available to small museums in the UK to help develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections.
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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 available to charities in Great Britain to help support individual energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
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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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Funding is available for entrepreneurial students and recent graduates from across the UK.
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Funding is for local charities with projects that take a practical and creative approach to fundamental issues such as neighbourhood improvements, local problem-solving, economic development, youth development, education and cultural enrichment, care of the elderly or infirm, help for the disadvantaged or disabled, and environmental conservation.
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Grants are available for small- to medium-sized charities to deliver high-quality Housing First services in high-need areas of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Applications to small grants fund open
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Grants for a range of organisations, including training providers, professional bodies, charities, social enterprises, FEIs and HEIs, to undertake projects that can increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the cyber security sector in England.
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One-off grants are available for projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare in England.
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Museums and galleries in the UK have until 10 September to apply for grants of up to £25,000 as part of the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. Grants are available to museums and galleries to borrow works from national collections, encouraging the sharing of works more widely across the UK.
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Subject Specialist Networks (SSNs) and other curatorial networks can apply for grants of up to £15,000 to help share expertise across the museum sector.
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Grants of £3,000 to £30,000 are available for projects aiming to enhance the public engagement skills of engineers in the UK and provide opportunities to engage with the public on engineering and its impact on society.
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Grants are available to support the promotion of education and well-being of refugee and displaced children in Lebanon through access to the arts.
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Grants of up to £35,000 are available to community organisations in England for projects that empower young people (aged 10-20 years) to have a say in how community spaces that matter to them are managed.
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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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This annual competition is designed to reward the UK’s early stage women-owned start-ups.
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Financial award available to organisations or teams from within the public, voluntary, community or social enterprise sectors that demonstrates they are helping people transform their lives by helping them develop their sense of purpose and confidence to take action.
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Funding is available for UK food producers, offsetting the costs of sending quality unsold food to good causes.
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Comic Relief is offering a range of funding investments to organisations supporting refugees on the move along the key migration routes, from Middle East and North Africa to Europe, including the UK
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Grants of up to £250,000 available to UK women's organisations which provide front line services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage across one or more strands of Violence against Women & Girls (VAWG).
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A fund to support coordinators to work with farms in the same geographical area in England in order to deliver specific local priorities, such as the creation of wildlife corridors, which can help improve the natural environment’s resilience.
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This pilot programme will enable three existing business support organisations in the UK to design and run refugee entrepreneurship programmes over a one-year period.
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Funding of £1 million is available to support the work of life-saving charities operating rescue boats on rivers, lakes and inland waterways within the UK.
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Advance notice - A £2 million pilot innovation fund to support public interest journalism in the UK, following recommendations in the Cairncross Review.
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£33.5 million new government funding announced to encourage academy trusts in England to grow and drive school improvement.
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A small number of grants are available to larger not-for-profit organisations for projects in England, Scotland or Wales that provide a significant benefit to communities across the whole of the Centenary region.
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Scholarships and apprenticeship support is available to fund further study, training and practical experience for craftsmen and women across the UK who want to improve their craft and trade skills.
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A new scheme has been launched with the aim of helping young people across the UK to set up a business. This is being facilitated through the provision of start-up grants, coupled with practical support.
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Funding is available for not-for-profit projects in England and/or Wales that focus on promoting organ donation after death within the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
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The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is seeking applications the final round of its Education Support Fund which provides grants to UK maintained schools with service children of frequently moved or deployed parents.
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Grant funding is available to support projects collecting and recycling non-household municipal waste in England.
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A new £100 million fund has been launched to support project enabling people and communities across the UK to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.
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Not-for-profit organisations that have been operating for five years or less that want to set up their own community business in England can apply for business support and grants from 6 August 2019.
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Call to run project's supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in Cumbria.
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Call for project's preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency in Cumbria
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Call to run a project providing research and innovation support in Cumbria
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Call for project's enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises in Cumbria and Liverpool City Region
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Grants are available for football associations, football leagues, community groups and other non-profit organisations who wish to develop new youth futsal leagues in England.
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Funding for England-based not-for-profit organisations to share safeguarding resources and to cultivate a culture within the sector which puts safeguarding at its heart.
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A range of green finance initiatives are being provided to UK businesses of all sizes to strengthen their environmental sustainability.
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The Home Office is providing a further £1.6 million in funding to support places of worship in England and Wales that have been subjected to or could be vulnerable to hate crime attacks.
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Funding is available for England’s artists and bands to help progress their careers. A new round has just launched.
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Grants are available to voluntary and community sector groups for community projects in England and Wales which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people who are at risk of carrying a knife and committing a crime.
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Support is on offer to early-stage talented writers who are aiming for a career in scripting television dramas.
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Funding for community organisations in England that want to improve spaces where people can connect and co-operate.
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Support is available for UK filmmakers, collaborating with filmmakers in the Middle East and the African continent, to create short films focusing on LGBTQ+ stories and experiences.
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Grants are available for all farm types including livestock, horticulture and arable businesses, with a total pot of £15 million available for Round 2 to fund investments in new technology.
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Community Land Trusts in England and Wales can apply for a grants and training package to help unlock the skills and capacity within the movement.
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One-off grants are available to Armed Forces charities for projects and activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans in the UK.
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Grants of between £20,000 and £120,000 are available to museums and galleries in the UK for time-limited projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people.
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Capital-improvement grants of up to £5,000 are available to charities and not-for-profit groups that run theatres in the UK.
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A finance package of loans and grants is available to community groups in England that want to take on the ownership of their local pub.
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Grants are available for local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies in England for projects that target illegal money lending.
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Businesses, public and third sector organisations are now invited to apply for funding to carry out projects to reduce the cost of retrofitting domestic properties in the UK.
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Every year the Cartier Women’s Initiative awards grants to 21 female entrepreneurs from across the globe; aiming to support them in developing unique early-stage enterprises. The initiative also provides access to workshops, networking events and seminars.
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Grants available to public libraries across the UK that want to deliver a public engagement project on research in health, society and culture.
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