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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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Funding Available to Support Rural Communities Across the UK


19 April 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Charitable organisations working in the UK can apply for funding for projects and activities that benefit rural communities in the areas of education, research, social welfare, and poverty relief.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust is offering grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 to charities and other not-for-profit organisations to deliver activities that support rural communities across the United Kingdom and deliver on one or more of the Trust’s main objectives:

  • To advance the education of the public using research and dissemination of information concerning agriculture.
  • To advance the education of young people within rural areas.
  • To relieve poverty within rural areas.
  • To promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities by associating together with the inhabitants and local authorities, voluntary and other organisations to advance education and leisure.
  • To promote research into agricultural associated activities.
  • To advance the education of the public using research and dissemination of information concerning insurance.

Priority will be given to larger initiatives that would have a significant impact on rural communities, as well as initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.

There are two rounds of funding in 2022. 

The deadline for the first round of funding is 27 May 2022. 


How To Apply

The Trustees currently meet twice a year (in June and November) to consider applications.

The 2022 deadlines for applications are:

  • 27 May for the 21 June 2022 meeting.
  • 28 October for the 23 November 2022 meeting.

The Trust's standard application form is available to download from the Trust's website.


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