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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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Grants and Funding

Sustainable Farming Incentive for England Opens to Applications

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Farmers across England can now apply for grants for projects focusing on biodiversity, cleaner water, cleaner air, improving soil, and carbon reduction on their land.

Applications will remain open, so interested parties can apply at a time that works best for them. If it is necessary to close applications, this date will be publicised, giving applicants six weeks' notice.

Movement for Good Awards Accepting Nominations for September Draw


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The Movement for Good Awards is an annual platform for giving, set up by all the businesses that make up the Benefact Group as a way to make a ‘tangible difference’ to the lives of the people and communities they serve.

The deadline for the September draw is 23:59 on 11 September 2022.

The final deadline for all nominations for 2022 is 23:59 on 15 December 2022.

Launch of the 2022 C21 Drama Series Script Competition

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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The C21 Drama Series Script Competition is designed to identify and nurture a new international drama. The funder is looking for a pilot script for a drama that will appeal to audiences and co-producers worldwide.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2022.

Sea-Changers Launches Innovation Fund

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Funding for UK-based charities and not-for-profit organisations to support new ideas and experimental solutions in the field of marine conservation.

The deadline for applications is 18 September 2022 (midnight).

Funding to Promote Opportunities for Youth Leadership

Children & Young People

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Blagrave Charitable Trust has announced the opening of its Listening Fund’s Advisers’ Fund. Named as such because it is led by a panel of ten young people advisers, the Fund aims to create new opportunities for young people and ensure their expertise is utilised in leadership positions.

The deadline to apply is 6pm on 28 July 2022.

Community Business Trade Up Programme Extends Deadline to Apply

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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A business development learning programme and match trading grant are available to support locally rooted community businesses in England to become stronger and more sustainable.

The deadline for applications has been extended from 28 June 2022 to 28 July 2022 (13:00).

Last Chance to Apply to Lloyds Bank Foundation Racial Equity Funding Strand

Health & Social Welfare

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Small and local charities with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community overcome complex social issues have until 29 July 2022 to apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000.

The deadline for applications is 29 July 2022 (5pm) with notification of a decision in four months.

Innovate UK Announces New £30m Fast Start Boost for Cutting Edge Start-Ups

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Grants and tailored business support for UK registered small and micro businesses to support highly innovative ideas in achieving net zero or self-driven healthcare and that have a clear route to commercialisation through business growth.

Applications open on 11 July 2022 with a deadline of 27 July 2022 (11:00 BST).

UK’s Community Ownership Fund Opens for Round 2

Communities - Urban & Rural Development

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Funding is available for charities and community groups across the UK who want to take ownership of, and save, local assets such as pubs, sports clubs, music venues, historic buildings, pubs, theatres and parks.

Expressions of Interest are currently being accepted.

Innovate UK Announces Young Innovators Awards 2022-23

Children & Young People

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Young people across the UK can apply for an award, comprising a grant, tailored business support and a living allowance, to make their business idea a reality.

Applications open on 13 June 2022. The deadline to apply is 27 July 2022 (11:00 BST).

Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund for England: Notice of Wave 2 Opening

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Local authorities, combined authorities and registered providers of social housing can apply for funding to improve the energy performance of their social homes.

The application window for Wave 2 funding will open in late August or early September 2022, however, interested parties may begin preparing applications now. Guidance will be published in July or August. Wave 2 will close eight weeks after it launches.

UK Games Fund - Round Nine Applications Close Imminently

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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

Round 9 is now open. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 23 June 2022 (10:00 BST).


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