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Grants are available to not-for-profit voluntary groups, organisations and clubs that run or manage community playing fields in Great Britain, so their pitches and facilities can be revived and well used and thus result in more people taking part in outdoor sport.
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The Moth International Short Story Prize supports the work of short story writers through monetary awards and writing retreat opportunities.
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Lloyds Banking Group has announced a commitment to “help Britain prosper” by supporting existing and new businesses across the country throughout 2019.
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The Department for Education (DfE) announced on 21 January that thousands of young people will have the chance to take part in international exchanges and visits thanks to a new £2.5 million programme delivered in partnership with the British Council.
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People with disabilities are likely to face greater costs when seeking elected office due to their disability. The EnAble Fund for Elected Office has been established to support disabled people seeking election in the Local Elections in May 2019 and the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in May 2020.
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The Fund is split into two separate programmes – Strategic Pathways Programme and Positive Pathways Programme – which together will help to achieve its overall aim of giving veterans better support, and more choice and control over their mental health and wellbeing care
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This £3 million funding programme is offering grants to Armed Forces charities with an existing building that requires refurbishment.
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Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community in the UK and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant.
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The Freelancer Awards aim to reward the most ambitious and enterprising self-employed people in the UK with financial support and supplementary assistance.
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Grants are available for local groups and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to hold community activities or events that are exclusively vegetarian or vegan to celebrate National Vegetarian Week.
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Vegetarian for Life (VfL) is a registered charity set up to support and enhance quality of life for older vegetarians and vegans and is funded by the Vegetarian Housing Association.
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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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​​Looking for funding? ​ 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.   Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking...
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DEFRA is inviting food redistribution organisations to apply for the first £5 million round of funding under a multi-million pound pilot scheme to reduce food waste. It’s the first part of a £15 million scheme to specifically address surplus food from retail and manufacturing.
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UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million to develop technologies, products and processes that could offer better outcomes for patients.
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Loan available to established small businesses and social enterprises in Cumbria to help them to grow.
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Grants are 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.
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The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund offers financial and high-level mentoring support to British-based fashion designers with the potential for commercial growth. The aim is to help designers make the transition from a developing business to a global fashion brand.
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Leaders with Lived Experience is a pilot programme providing National Lottery grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support lived experience leadership. A lived experience leader is someone who uses their first-hand experience of a social issue to create positive change for, and with, communities and people they share those experiences with.
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Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to support new, original and innovative projects that actively promote a healthy heart and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities in the UK.
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The new £6 million Transforming Leadership Fund aims to ensure arts and cultural leaders are appropriately skilled and from diverse backgrounds to support the continued growth and long-term sustainability of the sector.
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The PRS Foundation is the UK's leading independent funder of new music and talent development across all genres. It provides the Open Fund for Organisations with the aim of helping to support, sustain and promote the growth of the new music infrastructure in the UK.
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Both small grants of £200 and larger grants of £2,000 are available for community events and activities that take place in May 2019. Examples of events and activities, could include, but are not limited to cookery demonstrations, communal meals, recipe exchanges, and tasting sessions.
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Comic Relief will make investments of up to £150,000 in the UK and up to £300,000 in Kenya and Malawi for three to five years. The investments may be higher for organisations that will both deliver strong community-level efforts and also contribute to strategic changes.
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The Solway, Border & Eden Local Action Group has secured an extension allowing funds to be committed until 30 June 2019 and is now in a position to launch a final Call for Projects under Priority 2 – Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification. This Call aims to fully utilise all remaining funds in order to maximise the benefits to the local area.
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The £2.5 million Curiosity Fund is provided in partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust.
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The Fund gives out grants twice a year, and projects in rural areas across the UK can apply for funding of up to £50,000 in the spring round of funding.
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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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Grants are available to individuals, teams and small organisations to support early development of ideas with unusual promise to improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK.
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The Trust offers two funding schemes for community-based organisations who work directly with older people who need some form of extra support to make everyday living that bit easier.
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Grants are available to voluntary and community groups and individuals in Cumbria for projects that benefit their community.
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Grants are available to individuals, registered charities, sports clubs and voluntary and community organisations based in the CFM Radio broadcast area for projects that benefit children and young people who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect and are 18 years or younger.
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Grants are available to locally based voluntary and not-for-profit groups for local community projects and initiatives that make a difference to communities in Cumbria.
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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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Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson announced today (4 January) that as part of the Reducing Parental Conflict Programme, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is launching a £2.7 million Challenge Fund that will provide grant funding to innovative projects, to gather learning on what works to reduce parental conflict.
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Grants are available to UK registered charities for activities in the UK that fall within the following categories: care of and services for blind people; long-term care of people with learning disabilities; and care of and services for people suffering from cancer. Application deadline:  31/01/2019 
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Funding is available for not-for-profit voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England to run projects focused on improving children and young people's mental health.
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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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