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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.

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Grants and Funding

Funding to Support Service Pupils in the UK Reach their Full Potential

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants are available for projects which support Service children in the UK along their educational pathway.

Under this programme, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust will award stand alone, one-year grants for projects which support Service children along their Educational Pathway. 

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2023.

National Lottery Awards Now Open for 2023

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Awards to celebrate the UK’s favourite lottery-funded projects.

The winner from each award category will receive a £5,000 prize along with their National Lottery Awards trophy.

Nominations are open until 12pm on 16 May 2023.

New Round of Large Grants for Church Repairs

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Funding for structural repairs and maintenance work to places of worship.

Places of worship of any Christian denomination and age can apply. Applications will be considered from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship across the UK.

The deadline for first-stage applications is midnight on 4 July 2023.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding Open to Local Authorities in England

Digital & Technology

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Funding available to local authorities in England to support the rollout of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

The Local EV Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund supports local authorities in England to plan and deliver chargepoint infrastructure for residents without off-street parking.

Completed forms must be emailed to the LEVI support body by the deadline of 26 May 2023 (11:55pm).

Emergency Funding for Black and Minority-led Groups Impacted by the Cost-of-Living Crisis Across England

Cost of Living

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Black and minority community-led charities and organisations working with children and young people at risk of becoming involved in violence can apply for emergency funding to mitigate the effects of the inflation and cost of living crises.

Funding can be used flexibly to cover core and/or project costs that the cost-of-living crisis has impacted, including rent, utilities, cost of living increases in salaries, equipment, and activities. 

The deadline for applications to Round One is 8 May 2023 (midnight).

Hubbub Announces Further Community Fridge Hub Grants

Community

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Funding for organisations to expand their community fridge into further food-based provision.

Organisations in the UK with an active community fridge can now apply for a grant to develop additional ‘food hub’ activities for local residents.

The deadline to apply is 23.59 on 31 May 2023.

The Pixel Fund Reopens for Applications

Children & Young People

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Registered charities across the United Kingdom can apply for funding for projects and activities related to the mental health and well-being of children and young adults.

The Pixel Fund is offering grants of between £2,500 and £5,000 for small to medium-sized registered UK-based charities to deliver a wide range of projects that improve the mental health and well-being of children and young people aged 26 and under.

Applications can be submitted at any time. 

Government Invites Expressions of Interest in Heat Pump Investment Competition

Energy, Environment & Climate

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As a means of reducing reliance on fossil fuels to heat buildings, this £30 million competition is designed to boost manufacturing and supply of heat pumps in the UK.

The Heat Pump Investment Accelerator Competition aims to bring forward investment in the UK heat pump manufacturing supply chain, to build resilience, create new low carbon jobs and secure the economic benefits of net zero.

The EoI deadline is 28 April 2023 (15:00 BST).

Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) and Belmont Forum to Launch New Call on Climate and Cultural Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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The Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs), namely the JPI on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH) and Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe (JPI Climate), and Belmont Forum have given pre-announcement details of a new call - or Collaborative Research Action (CRA) - on Climate and Cultural Heritage. It will focus on research challenges at the interface of cultural heritage and climate change.

This is a pre-announcement and the information is subject to change. Eligibility criteria and the funding available will be confirmed when the full call is launched (expected in mid-April 2023).

Launch of £160m Floating Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme

Digital & Technology

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A fund has been created to support port infrastructure projects, securing the UK’s leadership in new technologies around the emerging floating offshore wind industry.

The Floating Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme (FLOWMIS) will distribute funding to support critical port infrastructure that will enable the delivery of floating offshore wind.

The deadline for applications is 25 June 2023 (23:59 BST).

Lloyds Bank Foundation Launches New £3m Racial Equity Fund

Health & Social Welfare

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Unrestricted funding for small charities and CICs led by and working with people who face inequity because of their race or ethnicity.

Lloyd Bank Foundation for England and Wales have launched a new £3 million funding programme with a focus on supporting people experiencing racial inequity to break free from poverty and achieve their potential. It anticipates that 40 grants will be awarded across England (excluding London) and Wales.

The deadline for grant applications is 31 May 2023 (5pm).

Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund (with Crowdfunding) Launches

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Funding for not-for-profit organisations who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign for projects that protect and restore nature local communities across the UK.

The Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund, funded by Aviva and in partnership with the RSPB and WWF, is a £1 million fund to make it easier for communities across the UK to take action for nature in their local area.

There are no deadlines. Applications can be made until all the funding is allocated.

£2m Sky Zero Footprint Fund Opens for 2023

Energy, Environment & Climate

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UK media agencies, creatives and brands can once again access funding to help accelerate and amplify positive environmental messages and behavioural change, through TV advertising.

Established by Sky as part of its campaign to be net zero carbon by 2030, the Sky Zero Footprint Fund will support brands that are committed to driving positive behavioural change and tangible impact towards a more sustainable future.

Applications must be submitted by 26 May 2023.

Defra Announces £1m for Recreational Sea Fishing Sector

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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Round 4 of the UK Seafood Fund Infrastructure Scheme is now open to applications, with £1 million available to upgrade recreational fishing facilities.

The UK Seafood Fund has been set up to support projects that build capability across the seafood sector’s supply chain. Round 4 of the scheme is now open, with a focus on recreational sea fishing.

The deadline for applications is 19 June 2023.

Innovate UK Launches Feasibility Studies Competition for Artificial Intelligence Solutions

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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UK businesses can apply for grants for feasibility studies to develop innovative solutions using AI to address business challenges and opportunities.

Through this competition, Innovate UK (IUK) will invest in projects to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) driven solutions that address a business challenge or opportunity.

The deadline for applications is 24 May 2023 (11:00 BST).

Launch of Mobility Pathfinder Innovation Programme

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Funding is available for businesses with ideas to reimagine how personal mobility options in the UK can better support a rapidly ageing population.

The Mobility Pathfinder Innovation Programme invites innovators to propose solutions that offer more accessible, affordable and sustainable personal mobility options for later life. Proposals that can be supported towards the market by investment in good design are sought.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2023.

Deadline Extension for UK Seafood Fund - Skills and Training Scheme

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding is available for UK based providers of training relevant to the seafood sector.

The UK Seafood Fund: Skills and Training Scheme offers funding to improve training in the seafood industry, including the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors.

The deadline for applications has been extended by one month, to 19 May 2023.

Tesco Announces £5m in Funding for Schools Across the UK

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding to support the provision of healthy food and physical activities for schoolchildren.

From summer 2023, UK schools will be able to apply for a grant of up to £1,500 from Tesco to help give their pupils a healthier, more active, stronger start in life.

More information will be published when it becomes available.

Support for Youth-Focused Climate Events Across the UK for Great Big Green Week 2023

Children & Young People

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Charities, voluntary and community groups, and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK can apply for funding to deliver child and youth-focused local events, activities, and festivals as part of the Green Big Green Week 2023 (10 to 18 June).

Save the Children is offering grants of between £300 and £800 for not-for-profit organisations across the UK to support activities and events taking place as part of the Great Big Green Week 2023 (10 to 18 June) that engage young people and children to raise awareness of the impacts of the climate crisis and its effects on children and young people.

The deadline for applications is 13 April 2023. Successful applicants will be informed by 3 May 2023.

UK Games Fund Opens for 2023

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Funding is available to support UK video games development, aimed at helping smaller companies get concepts off the drawing board and into production.

The UK Games Fund is intended to support UK video games development. Aimed at helping smaller companies get concepts into production, the Fund provides additional support to the video games sector, helping to maximise the contribution to economic growth this sector is already delivering.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 18 April 2023 (10:00 BST).

IUK Announces UK-Switzerland Bilateral Collaborative R&D Competition

Digital & Technology

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UK registered organisations, in collaboration with at least one Swiss registered business, can apply funding for research projects resulting in innovative solutions.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competition is to support UK-Swiss international business-led innovation collaboration. Through grant funding, IUK will support UK businesses to collaborate with Swiss counterparts for their mutual global growth prospects.

The competition opens on 17 April 2023. The deadline for applications is 26 July 2023 (12:00 BST).

Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing: New IUK CR&D Competition

Energy, Environment & Climate

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UK organisations can apply for grants to carry out collaborative R&D projects supporting UK materials and manufacturing organisations to become more resource efficient.

The aim of this Innovate UK (IUK) competition is to fund ambitious collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects, to support UK materials and manufacturing organisations to become significantly more resource efficient.

The deadline for applications 26 May 2023 (11:00 BST).

Third Round of England’s Peatland Restoration Grants Now Open

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Environmental groups, charities, public bodies, and landowners in England can submit bids for grants to develop sites where peat can be restored.

Environmental groups, local authorities, charities, public bodies, individual landowners, and organisations in England may apply. Natural England is looking for landscape-scale applications that work to restore the whole hydrological unit of a peatland. This is likely to involve a number of sites and landowners, so applications from partnerships are encouraged.

The deadline to submit applications for Round 3 of the Restoration Grant is 26 May 2023.

Heritage Fund Extends Deadline to its Dynamic Collections Campaign

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding to involve a wider range of people in heritage and promote public engagement with collections.

Museums (accredited and non-accredited), archives, historic libraries and community organisations which hold collections across the UK now have until 24 April 2023 to apply for up to £250,000 in Lottery funding to help build resilience in the heritage sector.

The deadline for applications to the Dynamic Collections has been extended from 31 March 2023 to 24 April 2023.

Natural England Announces Species Recovery Capital Grant Scheme

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Grant funding is available to organisations and businesses in England to deliver species recovery projects.

The Species Recovery Programme Capital Grant Scheme is being launched by Natural England. The scheme will run over two financial years (2023/24 and 2024/25).

Applications will open on 3 April 2023 for a period of six weeks.

Vehicle-to-everything Innovation: IUK Launches Bi-directional Charging Demonstrations Competition

Energy, Environment & Climate

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UK registered organisations can apply grants for small-scale demonstrations of novel vehicle-to-everything (V2X) energy technology providing storage and flexible services.

Administered by Innovate UK (IUK), this competition will invest in innovative vehicle-to-everything (V2X) energy small scale demonstration projects, addressing barriers to enabling energy flexibility from bi-directional electric vehicle (EV) charging.

The deadline for applications is 10 May 2023 (11:00 BST).

Global Award for Female Photographers Opens for 2023

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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An annual award is being made to a professional female photographer towards completing a documentary photo essay.

The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award will support a professional female photographer to complete a documentary photo essay which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue; whether local or global.

The deadline for applications is 19 May 2023 (17:00 BST).

Football Foundation Energy Support Programme Invites Expressions of Interest

Energy, Environment & Climate

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The Football Foundation's Energy Support Programme is accepting applications from community football organisations in England to help them lower their energy usage.

The Premier League, The FA and the UK Government's Football Foundation has announced a package of support to help grassroots football clubs and organisations in England with rising energy costs.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 13 April 2023.

Year Three of Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Welcome Programme

Community

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Funding to help BN(O) status holders and their eligible family members settle into their new communities in the UK.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is offering grants for organisations working to enable BN(O) status holders and their family members to contribute to life in the UK both economically and socially, and ensure they feel safe and welcome in doing so.

The deadline to apply is midnight on 31 March 2023.

Grants to Tackle Racial Injustice in the Criminal Justice System in North of England

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to promote effective use of law and human rights-based approaches in civil society.

The Baring Foundation has announced another round of its Tackling Racial Injustice in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) stream, which sits within the Strengthening Civil Society programme.

The deadline to arrange an eligibility phone-call is 13 April 2023.

New National Influencing Grants from Lloyd’s Bank Foundation

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to tackle structural and systemic challenges at the national level.

The fund offers grants of £30,000 to £150,000 for up to three years to registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs) with an annual turnover of at least £25,000 based in either England or Wales.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 19 May 2023.

Addressing Barriers to Open Mobile Networks through £80m Competition

Digital & Technology

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UK-based organisations can apply for funding to support the development of open network solutions.

The Open Networks Ecosystem Competition is offering funding in the next phase of the UK Open Networks Research and Development Fund. Funding is available to develop a range of software and hardware products that will enable enhanced development and adoption of open and interoperable technology.

The deadline for applications is 23 May 2023 (23:59 BST).

Prince’s Countryside Fund Accepting Applications for Spring 2023 Round

Community

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Funding for not-for-profit community-led projects that improve the lives of those living in rural communities in the UK.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is currently accepting applications from constituted, not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £500,000 for projects that will create a long-term difference in rural communities across the UK.

The deadline for applications is midday on 11 April 2023.

Forestry Commission Opens Tree Production Innovation Fund for 2023

Energy, Environment & Climate

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A fund which aims to increase and diversify stock for tree planting in England has reopened to applications.

The Tree Production Innovation Fund (TPIF) is designed to encourage the development and adoption of new technologies and ways of working that will enhance the quantity, quality and diversity of stock available for tree planting in England.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 9 May 2023 (23:55 BST).

Improving Outcomes Through Legal Support Fund Open for Applications

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to sustain and improve access to early social welfare and family legal support and advice in England and Wales.

The Access to Justice Foundation is working with Ministry of Justice to offer a new fund aimed at organisations offering free legal support and advice in England and Wales.

The deadline to apply is 4pm on 5 May 2023.

Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Funds Reopen for 2023

Energy, Environment & Climate

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New funding is available for forestry businesses, conservation organisations, and local authorities in England to increase the area of woodland in active management.

The Woods into Management (WiM) Forestry Innovation Funds aim to restore England’s vulnerable woodland habitats, help woodlands adapt to a changing climate, and recover from the impacts of pests and diseases.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 15 May 2023 (23:55 BST).

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Releases Funding Schedule for 2023/24

Community

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Funding for projects and organisations making a positive difference to the lives of service personnel and their families.

Initial details of the Trust’s grants programme for the coming year are now available to allow groups to start planning their applications. The schedule features several existing schemes which have been refreshed to reflect ongoing economic challenges and the level of need in Armed Forces communities.

More details will be published in due course.

Deadline Approaching for Eurovision 2023 and King’s Coronation Funding

Community

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Limited-time funding for special events happening in the UK in 2023.

Groups have two weeks left to apply to the National Lottery Awards for All programme if they are seeking funding to celebrate the Coronation (5 to 8 May 2023) or Eurovision (9 to 13 May 2023) in England.

The deadline for Coronation or Eurovision funding is 24 March 2023 (midnight).

New Round of Museum Estate and Development Fund Open to Applications

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Grants available to non-national Accredited museums to undertake vital infrastructure and urgent maintenance backlogs which are beyond the scope of day-to-day maintenance budgets.

Arts Council England (ACE), supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is providing this open-access capital fund targeted at non-national Accredited museums and local authorities based in England to apply for funding to undertake vital infrastructure and urgent maintenance backlogs which are beyond the scope of day-to-day maintenance budgets.  

Expressions of interest must be submitted by the deadline of 21 April 2024 (midday).

Dates Announced for Healthy Hearts Grants 2023

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to help prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease in the UK.

Funding is for new projects that work with communities to prevent heart disease, particularly for vulnerable and isolated groups of individuals who are at an increased risk of developing heart problems in the future.

Groups should visit the Heart Research UK website to check the application window in their area.

New Fund to Support Vulnerable Children and Young People Outside the Home

Children & Young People

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Funding available for local authority partnerships in England and Wales to test specialist neighbourhood teams to support children, young people and their families who are vulnerable to violence or criminal exploitation outside the home.

The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) is an independent charitable trust run by Impetus, in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and Social Investment Business (SIB). It aims to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 16 May 2023 (5pm).

Large Grants for Structural Repairs of Churches and Chapels

Resources and Support

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Funding for larger, complex conservation projects for UK places of worship.

National churches Trust has launched its new Large Grants programme (formerly known as Cornerstone Grants) to support structural repairs and maintenance issues costing more than £100,000 or the installation of kitchen and accessible toilets costing over £30,000.

First stage applications are accepted until 30 March 2023.

Thomas Pocklington Trust Accepting Applications

Health & Social Welfare

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Registered UK-based charities can apply for funding to support new and innovative projects that benefit blind and partially sighted people in the priority areas of education, employment, engagement, collaboration, and sustainability.

The Thomas Pocklington Trust is offering grants of up to £10,000 for registered charities across the United Kingdom to deliver a broad range of projects and activities that achieve positive outcomes for blind and partially sighted people. 

The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 March 2023. 

£10m Energy and Climate Programme from National Lottery Community Fund

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding for community-driven projects which address climate change while tackling energy challenges across the UK.

As part of its wider commitment to supporting climate action, National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is delivering a new grant scheme which focuses on community energy projects across the UK.

Stage 1 applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Subak Accelerator Programme for Climate Not-for-Profits – Deadline of 17 March 2023

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding and support package for not-for-profit organisations in the UK to participate in the Climate Accelerator programme which helps them learn how to run an effective and impactful climate not-for-profit.

Subak finds, funds and scales not-for-profit organisations that are tackling climate change through a data-driven approach.

The deadline for applications is 17 March 2023.

TRANSforming Futures – Deadline Reminder

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding for projects which aim to create lasting change for trans communities in prison and healthcare settings in England.

Groups have just under three weeks to apply for the TRANSforming Futures Fund, provided by the National Lottery.

The deadline to apply is 20 March 2023. Decisions are expected within 12 weeks.

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