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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


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The Unlimited Arts Programme

01 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

An arts commissioning programme that enables new work by emerging disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences.

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the programme is to commission disabled artists and companies in the UK to make exceptional work.

Value Notes

Main Commission Awards range between £20,000 and £80,000.

Research and Development Awards range between £5,000 and £10,000.

Emerging Artists Awards range between £2,500 and £10,000.

Match Funding Restrictions

For Main commission awards and Research and Development awards applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 10% match funding from other sources (which can be cash or in kind).

Match funding is not required for Emerging artists awards.

Who Can Apply

Funding is available for professionally established disabled artists and companies that support disabled-led work across all artforms and who are based in England, Wales and Scotland.

Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with eligible projects.

How To Apply

The fund opens on 1 October 2020 and applicants should submit an Expression of Interest via the application portal by the deadline of 27 October 2020 (12:00). Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

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