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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 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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Nesta's new Tipping Point prize is looking for the best articles on technologies for the public good that are set to come of age in the coming decade. Pitches must be submitted by Friday 15 March 2019.
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Cash prizes and distribution assistance are available to UK short filmmakers.
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The Grow Wild Youth Project funding scheme is a youth-led process for people aged 14-25 to deliver a creative project that engages their community, inspired by UK native wildflowers and fungi. Grants of up to £500 are available for projects that are completed within five months of the receipt of the grant and no later than 25 October 2019.
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Grants are available for organisations across the UK that are supporting young people (aged 14 to 25 years) to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to the issues they are experiencing.
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A new fund is being launched to improve less well-off towns after Brexit.
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Competition to highlight and support the best social innovation solutions based on a theme. A new theme is chosen each year. 2019 theme: Challenging plastic waste
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Are you an entrepreneur with an innovative start-up that contributes towards a more sustainable planet? Enter the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge, one of the largest annual international competitions for bright entrepreneurs that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. Your idea should be ready to go to market within two years. Pitch your start-up to win €500,000 and six months of expert coaching.
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The Research England Development (RED) Fund aims to support the development of the higher education sector's research and knowledge exchange in line with the developing priorities of Government and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
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Grants are available to small UK registered charities working to support people with a learning disability to learn skills to help them live more independent lives after they leave formal education.
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A single significant grant is available for highly innovative and early stage projects with the potential to make a transformative impact in improving primary care and/or ‘out of hospital’ provision for patients across the UK.
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Development charities with annual incomes of less than £250,000 are being urged to apply for grants of up to £50,000 from the Department for International Development.
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Guidance and application form for air ambulance charities in England to apply for a share of £10 million in funding.
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Larger grants now available for charities whose work enhances the quality of life for people in need, particularly those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness.
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A package of tailored support and grants is available to incorporated or unincorporated organisations in England that want to develop their budding community business ideas.
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A standalone capital grant offering funding to farmers and other land managers in England to plant and protect young trees. The grant provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items needed to create new woodland.
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Funding for local communities in England, Scotland and Wales to help create a society without health inequalities.
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Round 15 of the Education Endowment Fund is now open to applications for projects that maintain or improve pupil outcomes while reducing teacher workload.
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The Start-Up Support Programme aims to help groups of local people to develop their own community led housing solutions. Funded by the Government, the grant programme is targeted to support the earliest stages of a community led housing group’s development and help community led housing projects at an early stage to explore options, to enable community led housing solutions to become a reality.
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The 2019 Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme is now open for farmers, foresters and land managers to request 2019 application packs.
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The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme provides grants of between £300 and £2,500 to support innovative and sustainable projects which will help more people participate in and enjoy swimming and to make swimming more accessible.
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The Fund offers tailored, flexible loans of between £25,000 and £500,000 for up to three years to charities, social enterprises and community businesses that want to acquire, reuse or redevelop historic or architecturally important buildings in the UK.
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The Equality and Diversity Fund supports schools to develop local solutions that help teachers covered by at least one of the protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010 progress into leadership.
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The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) CERN Business Incubation Centre (BIC) is designed to support and growing start-ups and small businesses based on technologies originating from high energy physics.
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The winning applicants will be awarded funding, coupled with other prizes to help support their business or business idea. Prizes: £2,500 cash investment Free office space for 12 months with The Office Group One-year free Enterprise Nation membership and business support for all 30 finalists, including the winners Profile on the Enterprise Nation blog and social media
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Applications must be music-focused and projects should include contributions from at least one non-music discipline, for example storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors, visual artists etc. There are to be three rounds in 2019. The next deadline to submit an application is 11 March 2019.
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Through this programme, small grants are given to Arts Award centres in England that are working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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The Print Future Awards help young people to fund costs associated with a relevant training course in printing, publishing or the graphic arts. The scheme is supported through funding from the Printing Charity, and a range of partners.
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CITY & GUILDS Bursary Programme 2019 - helps people who require financial assistance to be able to complete a City & Guilds or ILM qualification
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Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation have joined forced again to provide a total of £2.4 million in funding over the next three years (2019-2021). Grants of up to £48,000 are available for nine months. It is expected that 13 projects will be funded in the first round. In addition to the funding, grant recipients will receive expert support and advice as well as the chance to collaborate and share learning.
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The third and final funding round is now open to applications. FE colleges and sixth-form colleges in England are eligible for funding. The deadline for stage one applications is 29 March 2019. Stage two applications must be submitted by 26 April 2019.
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Baldwins hopes to reach those young people who have talent, drive, ambition and ideas but who lack access to the necessary funding and business support needed to start up in enterprise. Applications for the current round close on 31 August 2019.
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The Returners Fund offers grants to projects which help people to return to work in the private sector. These projects could help Returners update their skills, provide other training or support businesses to increase employment opportunities for Returners. The deadline for full applications is 8 March 2019.
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Delivering on its commitment to tackle energy costs using innovative, low carbon solutions, the government has launched an initiative for homes and non-domestic consumers, including schools, hospitals and council buildings, to participate in a new heat networks scheme.
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The Smallwood Trust have received funds from the Tampon Tax Fund to provide grants to projects which enable women on low incomes to access new skills, training, confidence building and employment opportunities. Tampon Tax funding is matched with Smallwood Trust funding.
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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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A contest to reward authors from around the world in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. The competition is open to anyone from across the world who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Entries may come from people of any nationality and any age group.
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The People’s Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills and resources to effect change in their own communities. The Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.
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The government is delivering a programme of support for organisations in England considering becoming a Public Service Mutual. Organisations that wish to become or grow as mutuals can now apply for support with setting up or strengthening their operations. Deadline date 22 February 2019
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Grants are available to UK registered charities for projects focusing on children and young people. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2019.
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Grants of between £150,000 and £300,000 will be awarded to projects that can show they will have a significant measurable impact on plastic pollution and a clear legacy.
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The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), known as the Heritage Lottery Fund until the end of January, has published its five-year Strategic Funding Framework (2019 to 2024) which includes its new funding programme that is currently open for applications.
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A useful tool that allows you to access statistics on relative deprivation in small areas in England published by Department of Communities and Local Government.
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A diagnostic tool to analyse your organisation and identify areas that could be developed to improve organisational strength. It is not linked to any funding programmes and it is completely free to use.
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Funding is available for the promotion and maintenance to a high standard of choral services in England, Wales and Ireland.
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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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Grants to assist disabled, disadvantaged, neglected and abused Jewish children aged up to 18 worldwide.
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One-off grants are available to registered health charities in the UK and Republic of Ireland for medical capital projects, medical care or research, medical training and running costs.
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Grants are available to animal welfare charities for projects or activities in the UK that benefit and protect animals, relieve the suffering of animals, address the conservation of wildlife or encourage a greater understanding of animals.
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A competition for UK start-ups, providing the winner with a fully funded TV advertising campaign, igniting rapid business growth via the game-changing medium of TV.
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The Transmission Fund is designed to help professional musicians build their careers by providing grants 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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The Big Lottery Fund will now be known as The National Lottery Community Fund, and the Heritage Lottery Fund is now called the National Lottery Heritage Fund. As part of their rebrand, both have changed their logos to use the crossed fingers of the National Lottery and refreshed their websites.
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Do you have an energy reduction technology concept that is ready to be demonstrated in industry? Are you from a forward-thinking industrial site that could be interested in demonstrating an innovative new technology that will reduce your energy costs? If the answer to either of these is yes, then the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) could be of interest to you.
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From today Tuesday 29th January 2019 The Big Lottery Fund will be known as The National Lottery Community Fund. 
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UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop new digital health products through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
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Two of the UK’s largest grant makers have joined forces once again and renewed their commitment to supporting not-for-profit organisations that are using technology to deliver new ideas and make their services more effective.
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The Business Improvement District (BID) Loan Fund has been established to assist with the development of new BIDs in town and city centres in England. BIDs are business-led partnerships which are created to deliver additional services and upgrade the environment for local businesses.
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The Geovation Hub is London's digital district data lab, supporting creative professionals who wish to experiment with location information and technology.
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The Business Basics Fund is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and administered by Innovate UK (IUK) on behalf of BEIS, in partnership with the Innovation Growth Lab at Nesta.
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Funding for UK businesses, alongside the research base or third sector as subcontractors, to propose solutions and ideas for the design and use of UK roads. This competition is for proven feasibility projects at development stage (higher TRL).
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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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Funding for organisations, companies and individuals in any sector who have the ability to engage the general public with health research, throughout the UK.
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Grants are available to a range of organisations for music projects in England that increase the number of children and young people across England who have the opportunity to take part in high-quality musical activities. , particularly those who are experiencing challenging circumstances and who face barriers to music making.
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The Business Basics Fund supports projects that test methods of encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to boost their productivity through ways of working and technology.
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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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