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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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Provided by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the Carers Innovation Fund will invest in innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services.
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The upcoming Adult Learning Technology Innovation Fund (ALTIF) will support the development of innovative services to help people navigate the changing labour market and learn the skills they need to find stable and rewarding work.
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The government is inviting organisations to apply for funding under a new multi-million pound grant scheme to help boost the recycling of plastic packaging and textiles.
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This round is open to groups in the Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, West of England, North West, North Midlands and the North East of England.
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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.
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Grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health and museums and heritage.
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This Award seeks out and celebrates business ability by recognising an exceptional disabled entrepreneur. It is open to disabled people who are a permanent part of the management team of any UK registered business.
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Small grants are available for young people to run events or projects connected with Inter Faith week 2019.
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The Sony World Photography Awards celebrate the best contemporary photography from the past year. The Awards give exposure, visibility and opportunity to photographers worldwide on an annual basis.
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Grants of £100,000 available to support more effective use of technology in education in England.
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Grants are available for projects that engage women and/or BAME communities into quality volunteering and/or coaching opportunities in England.
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An extensive new financial support package for small to medium-sized business (SMEs) exporting to fast-growing markets has been outlined by the Secretary of State for International Trade.
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£200 million is available to support organisations in England and Wales with interventions aimed at preventing at-risk children aged 10-14 from being drawn into crime and violence.
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Funding is available for independent games studios in England (outside of Greater London) to develop new games for consoles and mobile devices.
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If you’re looking to grow your business, contact the Growth Hub to access a 40% subsidy of up £4,000 towards the cost of specialist support.
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A £44 million fund which will allow Historic England to work with not-for-profit organisations to find new ways to champion and revive historic high streets across England.
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Grants are available for small to medium-sized charities registered and working in the UK that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals in the UK.
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Financial assistance is available for UK-based organisations with expertise in biodiversity to prepare and develop full-scale Darwin Initiative applications.
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These awards recognise and celebrate the local achievements of high streets across the UK, supporting the communities they serve and offering a chance to win funding for local area improvements.
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Funding for public bodies, non-government organisations, community groups, charities, individuals and private companies, to support the planting and establishment of large and small trees in urban and peri-urban areas of England.
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Pilot project to promote and teach STEM to girls to address the ongoing skills gap in the STEM sectors within the EU and especially the shortfall of women and increasing STEM drop-out rates.
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Grants are available to local non-profit organisations and groups for projects within two miles of a One Stop store in Great Britain that benefit local communities by helping to improve lives and local places.
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Funding for UK citizens to travel anywhere in the world for up to two months to research a topic of their choice that can make a contribution to UK society on their return home.
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Organisations working in parental engagement can apply for grants to carry out early-stage, digital tech interventions to improve parental engagement in maths for young people.
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Grants are available for individuals and organisations in the UK for research and publications whose primary focus is on regional and local history within the British Isles.
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£6 million of grant funding has been earmarked for businesses and non-profit groups in England to redistribute surplus food to those most in need.
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Running costs grants are available for small community-based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK to help people to make positive changes in their lives.
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The international Wigtown Poetry Prize is an established writing competition and a launchpad for many writers' careers.
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Funding is available for existing credit unions in the UK to help strengthen their financial position and to give them the capacity to develop new strategies for sustained and effective growth.
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Local community groups, sports clubs and charities can receive grants for projects that will increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport.
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Ambitious groups of research leaders, businesses and local partners can now apply for government funding to support ground-breaking innovations.
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Armed Forces charities, Community Interest Companies (CIC) and Armed Forces units can apply for £7.5 million of funding for projects supporting Armed Forces families in the UK who are facing challenges.
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Funding is available to enable songwriters and writer-producers in the UK who are working in popular music genres to progress their careers and writing/production credits.
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Comic Relief has announced that it is partnering with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Clothworkers Foundation to launch a second round of its Tech vs Abuse funding programme in late May.
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Organisations in England that provide and commission adult social care services have four weeks left to apply for funding to support local digital projects.
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Round 7 of Power to Change’s Community Business Fund is currently open for applications with a deadline of 22 May. Grants are available to help locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term.
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Innovate UK is inviting collaborative bids from UK businesses, research and technology organisations, universities and HEIs for R&D funding to develop new and efficient local energy systems.
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Grants for new or existing work the UK, Ghana, Uganda or Rwanda that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental wellbeing.
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Funding of up to £3,000 available to organisations and individuals in the UK and Ireland to support physics-based events.
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UK-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to support practical, community-focused projects that will support and improve people’s mental health at this critical life-stage.
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Community projects in around the parish of Brampton are being encouraged to apply for funding. The closing date for applications is 10th May 2019 to be reviewed by the panel on 11th June 2019.
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Grants are available to registered charities for projects that enrich and improve the quality of life of sick children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
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The Community Radio Fund will accept applications until 7 May from not-for-profit community radio stations in the UK that have a social purpose.
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Grants are available to voluntary and community groups in the UK to help run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children.
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This development fund is designed to support independent creative practitioners and ensure excellence is thriving in England’s arts and culture sector.
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Shell has launched a clean tech funding prize with separate competitions for start-up and scale-up firms, as well offering a new retail pilot project for one of the winners.
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The specialist financial services company is launching its ‘Movement for Good’ awards programme on Tuesday 23 April.
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These awards offer a cash prize for completed work from an architect based anywhere in the world who is achieving growing success
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Grants are available to support projects in the UK aimed at working towards the creation of a peaceful and just world.
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Firms will have access to an additional £200 million of government funding to ensure growth as the UK prepares to leave the EU.
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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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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 are available to UK based community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities.
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This programme provides financial support to enable professional musicians to access creative and professional development opportunities both in the UK and internationally, as well as supporting formal and time limited training and mentoring opportunities.
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An international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. This year’s competition is asking entrants to design something that solves a problem, big or small.
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A national competition with grants for teachers who have innovative ideas on how to raise attainment among disadvantaged students aged 4 to 18 years in England. Deadline Approaching - 23/04/19
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Funding for charities to influence positive change in policy and practice in the criminal justice system.
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Grants are available for properly constituted arts and cultural organisations based in England whose capital project outcomes are arts focused and relate to the delivery of arts activity.
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A specialist funding initiative has been announced for small and mid-sized residential property developers and housebuilders across the UK.
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A new grant fund designed to kickstart disposable cup recycling across the UK has been announced.
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Village hall committees can apply now for grants to update and refurbish their village hall or rural community building as long as the building is located in a town or village of under 10,000 people.
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Schools and community groups can apply for small grants towards the costs of well-planned, educational, tree and hedge planting projects in the UK during National Tree Week.
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Groups that are seeking funding to provide recreational trips or holidays for children up to the age of 13 years who experience disadvantage or disability and live in an area of high deprivation have until the end of April to submit an application.
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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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The Foundation aims to support excellence in the UK, generally through the funding of capital infrastructure in the fields of science and technology, arts and humanities, education, and health and disability
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Grants are available for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations, and charities to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children aged 13 years and younger who experience disadvantage or disability and live in an area of high deprivation.
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Advance notice – A fund to support UK businesses with high energy use to cut their bills and emissions through increased energy efficiency and transition to a low carbon future through the use of lower carbon energy and processes.
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Grants of between £15,000 and £100,000 are available to charitable organisation in the UK for communications, education and campaigning initiatives that will build the movement for sustainable fashion.
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The government has millions of pounds in funding for new radio and television production in the UK.
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A government-funded initiative to increase small businesses productivity in the UK.
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A new multi-billion-pound business lending facility has been set up by Barclays in order to pilot SME businesses through the Brexit uncertainty.
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Small seed funding (grant and loan options) for sole traders, start-ups and small businesses in England (outside of London) for their creative business ideas.
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The Magic Little Grants Fund provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation.
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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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Triodos Bank finances UK companies, institutions and projects that add cultural value and benefit people and the environment, with the support of depositors and investors who want to encourage corporate social responsibility and a sustainable society through lending, investments and general banking services.
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The SME Leaders Programme supports promising leaders of high-growth engineering and technology SMEs. By improving the skills of these leaders, the Academy wishes to encourage the pursuit and growth of excellence in UK engineering.
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Grants are available for voluntary and charitable organisations that are working with visually impaired people in the North East of England and Cumbria.
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Grants are available to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society in the UK, encouraging independence, inclusion and integration.
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Grants to support the running costs of very small registered charities in England and Wales working with elderly people, children and young people aged five to 25 years, people with disabilities or mental health problems, people with a history of offending, addiction or abuse, and education and learning. 
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ThinCats provides commercial loan funding for growing and ambitious UK SMEs across all industry sectors. The provider aims to ‘simplify the traditional bank-dominated commercial lending model by connecting SMEs directly with institutional and retail investors’.
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Grants are available for registered charities undertaking projects to support disadvantaged and disabled children who are under 13 years of age within the UK and abroad.
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Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.
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Loans are available to help LTA-registered venues in Great Britain deliver projects that enhance community facilities leading to a growth in the number of people playing tennis.
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Grants are available to public and professional UK-based organisations for activities that will reduce the risk of death and injury for all road users.
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Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations, including charities, companies and community trusts, for projects in the areas of culture and the arts that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives 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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One-off capital grants are available to grassroots charitable organisations in the UK that are offering a diverse range of activities and interests within one of the Charity's areas of priority: local heritage, local community; and performing arts and visual arts.
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This competition will fund the development of new business models that encourage take up of energy efficiency projects by small and medium businesses (SMEs) in the UK.
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Searching for funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise?
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Applications are now being accepted from specialist community and voluntary organisations working solely with unpaid carers in the UK.
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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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Funding to support women’s organisations to ‘shine a light’ on their fight for gender equality in the UK.
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The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust says that it is working on funding priorities for the 2019/20 financial year and there will be more support for Armed Forces families.
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Nominations for The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards are now open. The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards is the annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects and people. The Awards are a great way of celebrating the ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding.
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Funding available to set up partnerships between academic institutions and Public Health England (PHE) to act as centres of excellence in multi-disciplinary health protection research in England.
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Funding is available for high-quality debut feature films by first-time writers and directors from the UK. iFeatures 2019 is now open for applications until 9am on Friday 29 March 2019.
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Funding for large, regionally based organisations that can deliver support to people over the age of 65 to help them address their concerns and increase the number of people over 65 getting a smart meter.
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This competition awards funding to accelerate exceptional ideas for apps, games or technology businesses set up by young entrepreneurs in the UK.
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Grants are available to help organisations and individuals in the UK to host an Armed Forces Day event which can take place within two weeks of the Armed Forces Day event.
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