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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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Fifth Round of Youth Music Incubator Fund Opens for Applications

Arts, Culture and Heritage

08 November 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A national funding programme designed to support the creation of music career opportunities for young people aged 18-25 is accepting applications.

Funding is available to businesses, collectives and not-for-profits working in Great Britain's music industries to help create sustainable, meaningful career opportunities for young people aged 18-25, especially those who are currently underrepresented in the sector.

Youth Music's Incubator Fund is accepting applications from organisations that:

  • Are based in the UK and operate in Scotland, England or Wales.
  • Have a business bank account.
  • Can provide a recent set of financial accounts.
  • Have a legal status (ie registered with Companies House, Charity Commission, FCA or HMRC or have a constitution) - the following are all eligible:
    • Sole traders.
    • Unincorporated associations (voluntary group with a constitution).
    • Registered charities.
    • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
    • Company limited by guarantee.
    • Company limited by share capital.
    • Community Benefit Society.
    • Collectives - if applying as a collective with no formal legal status, then another organisation can apply on its behalf as a 'sponsor organisation'. This can be a member of the collective who is a registered sole trader, or another partner organisation.

Funding is to be used for projects that offer paid opportunities for 18-25s, and provide young people with the opportunity to develop their own projects. All participants should receive support from the organisation through incubation, training, mentoring, and networking.

Grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 are available for organisations.

Sole traders may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000.

A maximum of £5,000 can be given to each 18-25 year old supported through any grant.

The deadline for applications to Round Five of the Incubator Fund is 2 December 2022 (17:00 GMT).


How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 2 December 2022 (17:00 GMT).

Guidance notes and the online application form can be found on the Youth Music website.


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