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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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£1m Fund to Target Mental Health Support for Students Reopens to Applications

09 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Office for Students (OfS) is inviting higher education providers to develop and implement projects which provide innovative approaches to improving mental health outcomes for students. OfS are administering this competition on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, which has provided £1 million for this scheme.

The fund was originally launched in March 2020. However, the competition was paused soon after launch due to the coronavirus pandemic. The OfS have now reopened the funding programme to applications.

OfS are seeking collaborative proposals with a particular focus on intersectional approaches to:

  • Preventative strategies for those students who might be considered particularly at risk of developing mental ill health

  • Driving improvement in access to support for those who might be likely to experience additional barriers (for example, because of the nature of their course, mode of study, or other factors such as structural, personal or cultural differences or inequalities).

In meeting these priorities, OfS are also particularly interested in projects that explore innovation and the use of technological approaches in line with the new NHS drive for digital transformation and improvement in mental health support.

This funding opportunity is open to higher education providers who are in the ‘Approved (fee cap)’ category of the OfS Register as at 1 October 2020.

Other providers and external partners can be involved in proposals as part of a collaboration or consortium.

A total of £1 million is available for this fund.

Individual awards will be made at a minimum of £70,000 and up to a maximum of £200,000.

Applications should be submitted by the 7 December 2020 deadline.

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For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Mental Health Funding Competition
    Office for Students (OfS)
    Finlaison House
    15–17 Furnival Street
    EC4A 1AB
    Tel: 0117 931 7317
    Email: [email protected]


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