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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

Next Application Window for Community Gardens Award


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Funding to support the creation or development of community horticultural projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

National Garden Scheme will soon be welcoming applications for the 2023 Community Gardens Award in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Applications will open on 17 October 2022 and close on 31 January 2023.

Improving Observation Capabilities of Biodiversity in UK Waters - New IUK Competition

Digital & Technology

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Funding is available for innovation projects to enhance the assessment of the UK’s waters in relation to biodiversity.

Through this competition, Innovate UK (IUK) is funding innovation projects that can improve the observation capabilities of the UK’s waters. The aim is to achieve better assessment and evaluation of the status and risks to natural capital assets.

Applications can be made between 31 August 2022 and 5 October 2022 (11:00 BST).

Small Grants Available to Support Refugees in England

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to assist refugees with all aspects of settling and integrating in their new communities.

Grants of £500 to £5,000 are on offer to Christian churches and registered Christian charities operating in England.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 9 December 2022.

Sustaining Spaces Fund Accepting Applications


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Funding to support community spaces for trauma-experienced people and communities.

National Survivors User Network (NSUN) has announced a new fund which will enable the continuation of spaces designed for those of shared identity to come together and support one another’s wellbeing.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 16 September 2022.

Health Improvement Fund open for Applications

Health & Social Welfare

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A process to apply for charitable funds to totalling more than £80,000 for community projects is now in place.

Applications are invited for projects that will further partnership working or improve care for people or communities most impacted by health inequalities.

The funds are from legacy monies donated to community services prior to the merger of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.  CPFT pooled these funds and have worked in collaboration with Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) with the aim of maximising the use of the funds and to support with future growth and development.

IUK Announces Farming Innovation Programme Round 2 Competitions

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for funding to carry out projects that benefit farmers, growers or foresters in England.

Administered by Innovate UK (IUK), the Farming Innovation Programme is funding ambitious research and development projects that will benefit England’s farmers, growers, foresters and other businesses. The aim is to boost productivity, enhance sustainable practices, improve environmental outcomes and reduce carbon emissions in England’s agricultural and horticultural sectors.

The deadline for applications is 12 October 2022 (11:00 BST).

Grants to Support Cultural Collaboration Between the UK and Germany

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding will allow for the creation and strengthening of artistic partnerships between the two countries.

Cultural Bridge celebrates intercultural artistic exchange through the collaboration of UK arts councils and leading German cultural institutions.

The fund will open on 14 September 2022 and close at 12pm on 26 October 2022.

Al Madad Foundation Announces Dates for Autumn 2022 Round

Health & Social Welfare

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Registered charities will soon be able to apply for the Foundation’s next funding round. This call will focus on projects that specifically address innovative solutions to accessing formal education as well as employment-focused vocational training, answering specific needs and presenting realistic solutions for refugee and displaced children and youths.

The deadline to apply is 11pm (BST) on 4 October 2022.

Bursaries Available for Television Documentary Ideas by Women

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding is available to develop talent-led documentary ideas by a woman or anyone who self-identifies as a woman in the UK.

Four bursaries of £10,000 are available in 2022. Successful applicants will be matched with a mentor to help them realise their ideas.

Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of 16 September 2022.

Funding for Local Community Projects in Great Britain


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Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain to support community projects.

Funding is available to charitable and community organisations in England, Scotland and Wales to support projects that deliver benefits for local communities.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2022.

Funding to Empower Social Housing Residents in England


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New grant to enable non-profit making organisations with social housing sector experience to help tenants take an active role in how their home is managed.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is inviting bids from non-profit making organisations or partnerships in England with relevant expertise in the social housing sector and an understanding of the importance of resident empowerment.

The deadline for applications is 2 October 2022.

Grants to Reduce Barriers to Driving for Disabled People

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding for projects which improve accessibility of private transport in the UK.

Motability is now inviting applications for its next large grants programme, offering between £100,000 and £2 million over one, two or three years.

Applications can be made at any time.

Motability Invites Applications for Travel with Confidence Grants

Health & Social Welfare

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Funding to develop, expand and improve confidence in making journeys and active travel for disabled people.

National disability transport charity Motability has announced the final of its six new grant programmes for 2022, which aims to improve experiences of public transport for disabled people.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

DCMS Inviting Applications for an Intermediary Grant Maker for £14m Funding Programme

Health & Social Welfare

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The grant maker will deliver a scheme to fund projects which promote volunteering and tackle loneliness in areas of high deprivation.

Know Your Neighbourhood is a new government fund launching this year to support place-based interventions which increase regular volunteering opportunities and address chronic loneliness across England.

The deadline to apply is 10am on 29 September 2022.

New Deadline for Digital Inclusion Grants

Digital & Technology

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Funding to support Clarion Housing residents to get online and build digital skills and confidence.

Clarion Housing Group has announced the final application window of this financial year for its Digital Grants programme.

The deadline to apply is midday on 21 September 2022.

Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize Set to Open for 2023 Nominations

Support & Resources

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Annual cash price celebrating an organisation that has made an extraordinary contribution to the alleviation of human suffering.

At US$2.5 million, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award, recognising the achievements of charitable or non-profit organisations around the world.

Nominations for 2023 will be accepted from 19 August 2022 to 28 September 2022.

Music Export Growth Scheme - New Round Open

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Grants are available for independent music companies to showcase UK music projects abroad.

The Music Export Growth Scheme makes grants available to UK-registered independent music companies to assist them with marketing campaigns when looking to introduce successful UK music projects overseas.

The next deadline for applications is 2 September 2022 (23:59 BST).

Funding for Financial and Digital Empowerment Projects

Digital & Technology

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Applications are being accepted by a funding programme designed to help more people in the UK become digitally and financially empowered.

Funding is available to UK charitable organisations for projects to improve people's digital confidence, knowledge and skills to enable them to make more informed decisions about money and have access to financial services.

The deadline for applications is 23 September 2022.

New Grants to Boost International Recognition of UK Regulators

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants are available for UK regulators and professional bodies pursuing international recognition arrangements.

The Recognition Arrangements Grants Programme will provide grants for UK regulators to develop recognition arrangements with their international counterparts, and ensure British professionals have their qualifications recognised overseas.

Expressions of interest for the first round of the programme are open until 16 September 2022 (23:59 BST).

IUK Announces Women in Innovation Awards 2022-23

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Innovation funding, coupled with tailored support, will be awarded to businesswomen in the UK who have enterprising ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation and deliver economic growth.

Applications will be accepted from 22 August 2022 until 19 October 2022 (11:00 BST).

Art Fund Grants to Support the Commission of New Work

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Grants are available to support the commission and acquisition of important new work, and exceptional projects with significant public impact.

Art Fund recognise that there are distinct opportunities and fundraising challenges in realising a commission, and that the acquisition of a commission can be conceptualised and carried out in many different ways.

Applications for small grants can be submitted at any time.

Autumn Round of Rewilding Innovation Fund Open for Applications

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Community groups, public, and private landowners in England, Scotland, and Wales can apply for funding to develop or scale-up rewilding projects on land or at sea.

Rewilding Britain is offering grants of up to £15,000 to help foster new and ambitious rewilding projects, or scale-up pre-existing projects, across Britain. The Rewilding Innovation Fund will support rewilding projects on land and at sea, at a scale of more than 40 hectares, that adhere to Rewilding Britain’s rewilding principles.  

The deadline for applications is 14 October 2022.

Defra Opens 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 will provide a one-off fund to improve training in the seafood industry, including the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors.

The deadline for applications to access funding for training courses and specialist equipment is 12 October 2022 (12:00 BST).

Young Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for 2022 Varsity Pitch Competition

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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An equity-free cash prize of £15,000 is available for entrepreneurial students and recent graduates across the UK.

The Varsity Pitch Competition rewards UK students and recent graduate entrepreneurs who have enterprising ideas that they wish to turn into viable businesses; enabling participants to showcase their unique, creative ideas to the wider community.

The closing date for applications is Friday 9 September 2022 (12:00 BST).

DCMS Launches Media Literacy Programme Fund

Education, Employment and Training

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Grants are available to organisations undertaking media literacy activity projects in England that tackle a range of media literacy challenges.

The deadline for applications is 19 September 2022 (23:59 BST).

Cultural Protection Fund Accepting Applications for Small Grants

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Funding to support the protection of cultural heritage under threat in one or more of the Fund’s target countries.

Administered by the British Council on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Fund will support efforts to keep cultural heritage and objects safe as well as providing opportunities for local communities to value, care for and benefit from their cultural heritage.

Expressions of Interest are accepted on a rolling basis, before the application deadline of 31 October 2022.

Phase 2 of Youth Investment Fund Now Open for Applications

Children & Young People

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Funding to support the delivery of new and renewed youth facilities within a short timescale.

Applicants must be working with children and young people, where the majority are aged 11 to 19 years. Where young people have a special educational need, are leaving care, or are considered 'at risk' or vulnerable, funding may be granted up to the age of 25 years.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with Grant Committees expected to be held until March 2024.

September Deadline for PRS Foundation's Open Fund for Music Organisations

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Applications are being invited to a fund designed to help support, sustain and promote the growth of the new music infrastructure in the UK.

Funding is available for not-for-profit organisations based in the UK to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators.

The deadline for applications is 14 September 2022 (6pm).

Techstars Launches Pre-Accelerator with Audi to Promote Innovation in Mobility

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Support is available for mobility-focused entrepreneurs to help them progress their early-stage businesses.

The Techstars and Audi Mobility Pre-Accelerator is a ten-week programme that provides individual founders, with an innovative idea or early-stage company in the mobility space, the training, tools, mentorship, and network to prepare them for the next level.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 1 November 2022.

Grants Available for Great Big Green Week Events


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Community groups can be awarded up to £300 to host community events during Great Big Green Week (GBGW) 24th September – 2nd October 2022.

CAfS can provide up to £300 of funding for venue hire, publicity materials, speaker expenses, film hire, other activities and equipment.  Any surplus generated through donations should be retained by your group.

Building Safety Fund Opens to New Applications in England

Communities - Urban & Rural Development

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Owners of high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding in England can now apply for funding to meet the costs of making their properties safe.

The Government originally announced the Building Safety Fund in the Budget on 11 March 2020, to fund the remediation of cladding on high-rise residential buildings over 17.7 metres tall in England.

The deadline for new applications is 1 January 2025.


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