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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

New Government Grants to Tackle Homelessness and Rough Sleeping

Health & Social Welfare

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The fund seeks transformative projects to deliver quality services for individuals experiencing rough sleeping in England.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), in partnership with Housing Justice and Homeless Link, has announced £10 million of funding until 2025 to address homelessness and improve Night Shelter provision across England.

The deadline to apply is 26 August 2022, for notifications in October 2022.

Innovate UK Launches Community Research Networks Expression of Interest Competition


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UK non-profit organisations and public bodies working in collaboration can apply for funding to support proposals to form a Community Research Network in their area.

Over the next four years, Innovate UK (IUK) is investing in the creation of a series of Community Research Networks across the UK with the aim of delivering economic, social, and cultural benefits from research and innovation to all UK citizens.

Applications are accepted from Monday 25 July 2022 until Wednesday 14 September 2022.

Branching Out Fund Reopens for 2022/23 Planting Season

Energy, Environment & Climate

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Grants are available for schools, community groups, parish and town councils, and Tree Warden Networks to support tree planting projects that involve young people up to the age of 21 across the United Kingdom.

The deadline for applications is 4 December 2022. 

DCMS Launches Media Literacy Taskforce Fund

Health & Social Welfare

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Grants are available to support projects piloting new methods of delivering media literacy interventions to ‘hard to reach’ citizens across England.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 August 2022 (09:00 BST).

Cumbria CVS Funding Fairs

Funding News

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Cumbria CVS is a registered charity and membership organisation, helping organisations to develop and improve by providing training and advice. If you're interested in learning more about the support and training on offer, visit one of the upcoming Funding Fairs.

Sport England to Pause Applications for a Month from 25 August 2022

Sports, Leisure and Tourism

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund and Active Together (Sport England’s crowdfunding initiative) will be paused from 25 August until late September 2022.

The temporary deadline to submit applications is 24 August 2022 with the expectation that applications can be submitted again from the end of September 2022.

Continuo Foundation Offering Support for Period Music Ensembles Across the UK

Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available for professional ensembles playing period music and instruments to mobilise projects of outstanding artistic merit and create meaningful work for freelance period musicians, whilst engaging a wide range of audiences with historically informed live performances.

The deadline for applications is 15 August 2022. 

New Deadline Announced for Berkeley Foundation’s Resilience Fund

Health & Social Welfare

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Launched in 2011 with the aim of supporting young people to develop and thrive, the Berkeley Foundation has announced its next round of funding. This time, there is a focus on organisations promoting mental health in young people from Black and minoritised communities.

The next deadline is 31 August 2022, for a decision by Christmas 2022.

Government Launch £180m Fund for Brownfield Land Release

Communities - Urban & Rural Development

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Funding available to support local authority partnerships in England to help unlock surplus land and property.

One Public Estate (OPE) is a partnership between the Office of Government Property (OGP) in the Cabinet Office (CO), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The deadline for applications is 19 August 2022.

#iwill Fund Receives £12m Investment Boost

Children & Young People

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The additional funding will contribute to the provision of social action opportunities for young people across England.

The National Lottery Community Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have each announced an additional £6 million of funding into their partnership programme, the #iwill Fund, taking its total investment to £66 million.

Innovate UK Launches New Design Foundations Competition

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

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Through the Design Foundations Competition, Innovate UK aims to help businesses develop new ideas that will deliver benefits for people and the planet, aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These can be for new or significantly improved products, services, places or business models.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 31 August 2022 (11:00 BST).

Which? Fund Invites Applications for Research Funding


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Funding for research projects to improve understanding of the consumer harms experienced by diverse and disadvantaged communities in the UK and to develop evidence-based solutions to tackle these harms.

Applications will be accepted from 4 July 2022 to 19 September 2022.


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