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Open 4 Business Portal

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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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'The Whickers' 2022 Film and TV Funding Award Now Open

05 October 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

'The Whickers' were inspired by the late journalist and broadcaster, Alan Whicker. The programme aims to encourage documentary filmmakers and audio producers to tell original and authored stories with honesty, professionalism and wit.

One of the of awards the Foundation offers has recently re-opened to applications. The Film and TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary.

The main award offers funding to enable a project which deserves to be realised to reach as wide an audience as possible. A second award will be granted to contribute to a film fund for a runner-up.

This year, in celebration of what would have been Alan Whicker's 100th Birthday, the main award has increased from £80,000 to £100,000 and the runner-up contribution from £15,000 to £20,000.

How To Apply

Film & TV Awards: Applications for 2022 opened on 4 October 2021. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022 (24:00 GMT).

Radio & Audio Awards: Currently closed.

Applications are made online.

More details can be accessed here



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