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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

The Weston Communicating Climate Programme is Now Live for a Second Year and Applications are Open

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Media Trust’s Weston Communicating Climate Programme supports UK environmental and climate charities to extend the reach, power and impact of their communications. The programme gives charities free access to expert-led training, networking opportunities, resources, and one-to-one sessions with media industry professionals to empower them to influence the media discourse and public sentiment on climate change.

The deadline for application is Tuesday 15 February. 

Freelands Foundation - Space to Dream Fund

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Grants are available to black-led organisations across the UK to deliver bold and impactful visual arts projects.

An Expression of Interest must be submitted by the deadline of 4 March 2022.

National Emergencies Trust (with Crowdfunding) – Local Action Fund

Support & Resources

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Grants are available for not-for-profit groups and organisations in the UK who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign to help them get back on their feet after the challenges of the pandemic.

The first step is for applicants to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder. Campaigns typically run for 28 days but take a few weeks to create so groups should allow about six weeks in total.

Barclays Community Football Fund

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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Grants are available to community groups in the UK to a make playing football more accessible at the grassroots level, and in particular encourage girls and young people from lower socio-economic and under-represented groups, including culturally diverse communities, young people with disabilities, and young people from the LGBTQ+ community to take part.

There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time from January 2022 to December 2024.

Jordan Sinnott Foundation Trust

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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Grants are available to clubs, community groups or teams in the UK to encourage vulnerable and underprivileged children and young adults to get active and enjoy taking part in sport.

Applications can be made at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Phase 2: Spring 2022 Window Now Open

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Businesses operating in some of the most polluting and energy-intensive industries can now bid for a share of government investment to help cut their carbon emissions and the costs of their energy bills.

The Phase 2 Spring 2022 competition window is now open. The deadline for applications is Friday 29 April 2022 (15:00 GMT).

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Opens for First Round of 2022

Health & Social Welfare

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MSE Charity is currently accepting UK applications to its ‘Living with Long Term Challenges’ theme and will close as soon as 40 applications are accepted so groups should not wait to apply.

Applications will be accepted from 9am on 1 February 2022 until 5pm on 25 February 2022.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Announces New £1m Pilot Fund

Funding News

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Following a 10-month consultation, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has released the first details of a new pilot fund aimed at grassroots movements seeking to create lasting change and transform intersecting structural inequalities within society.

The fund is expected to launch in 2022, with the potential for another two rounds after initial evaluation.

Development Funding for UK Food and Farming Social Enterprises

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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A blend of loan finance and grant funding is available to cooperatives, social enterprises and community businesses working in the UK's agriculture and food production sector to support and develop their work, helping to increase their social impact.

Applications may be made at any time.

Get Fishing Fund Reopens for 2022

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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The Environment Agency and Angling Trust have announced a new round of funding to encourage more people to take up fishing or reignite a passion for fishing.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18 March 2022.

Geovation Launches Diffuse Coastal Pollution Challenge

Energy, Environment & Climate Funding

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Geovation, Ordnance Survey’s open innovation network hub, has launched a challenge with the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to find a sustainable solution to tackle diffuse coastal pollution.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 20 February 2022.

Further Education Initial Teacher Education Bursaries Fund Opens to Applications

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding available to help further education (FE) providers attract high-quality individuals into the teaching profession in the FE sector in certain defined subject areas.

FE providers can make applications for trainees at any time, either on a case-by-case basis or in batches, ahead of a course starting, by emailing a completed application form to the DfE.

Omicron Disruption Funding for UK Artists and Freelancers

Arts, Culture and Heritage Funding

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Funding is available to help support UK artists and freelancers working in the visual arts whose plans have changed due to the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and the continued impact of the pandemic.

The deadline for applications is 12:00 GMT on 3 February 2022.

Funding to Enable UK Musicians to Create and Release

Arts, Culture and Heritage Funding

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Funding and support are available for professional musicians in the UK towards recording and releasing music, helping them to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world.

Applications may be made at any time while funding remains available.

£100,000 of Funding Available for Communities’ Climate Resolutions in 2022

Energy, Environment & Climate Funding

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The first round of applications for grants up to £10,000 are now open for Cumbrian community groups. Environmental charity Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) recently launched a National Lottery-supported grant funding stream to enable grassroots community groups to take action to tackle climate change. 

Applications for amounts of up to £2,000 can be considered at any time, but those groups seeking larger amounts of up to £10,000, in the first round, must apply by Monday 28th February.

Innovate UK Opens New Round of Smart Grants

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Funding is available for organisations to support business-focused, commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 13 April 2022 (11:00 GMT).

Fund to Improve Adult Learning through Technology - New Applications Invited

Education, Employment and Training

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Funding is available for organisations across all sectors undertaking projects that use digital technology to develop new services or improve access and delivery of adult vocational learning in the UK.

There will be two VocTech Seed calls in 2022. The first call is now open with a deadline for applications of 9 February 2022 (17:00 GMT).

Grants for Technologies Producing Hydrogen from Biomass Now Available

Digital & Technology

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The Government has launched a programme to help develop innovative technologies to produce hydrogen, a clean energy source, from sustainable biomass and waste. The Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme will support hydrogen production via bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

The deadline to register for the programme is 4 March 2022 (12:00 GMT).

BBC Children in Need Pauses Main and Small Grants Programmes

Funding News

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The two programmes are under review and temporarily closed to new applicants.

Owing to the development of a new strategy for grant making, the Children in Need Main and Small Grants programmes are now paused until September 2022.

Further details will be released from Spring 2022.

Geovation Accelerator Programme

Digital & Technology

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Applications are requested from developers, innovators and entrepreneurs, based in the United Kingdom, who have a prototype idea that is related to location information and technology.

The deadline to submit applications is 28 February 2022.

Sport England - Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

Sports, Recreation and Tourism

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Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups across England in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee for projects which bring communities together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Decisions usually take around three weeks, but may take longer during periods of high interest.


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