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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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2023 Dates for Veterans’ Foundation Applications

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31 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to help provide lifetime support to those in need among serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their immediate families.

Not-for profit organisations which support the Armed Forces community in Great Britain (veterans, those serving and immediate dependants) can now apply for the next round of grants from the Veterans’ Foundation.

The Foundation offers the following:

  • Grants up to £30,000. Trustees will also consider a bid for a spread grant up to a maximum of £30,000 (ie, £30,000 as £10,000 for each of the next two or three years).
  • Grants up to £40,000 for the exclusive use on salaries over a two-year period may be awarded, ie, £40,000 as £20,000 for each of the next two years. In some cases, the grant award may be limited to one year and grantees will be asked to reapply at a later date for the second year of funding.

Eligible organisations include registered charities, not for profit organisations and community projects. Priority is given to charities and groups who can demonstrate that they are directly involved in the provision of support to those in need, as well as well-run organisations of low to medium wealth.

The fund can cover a wide range of aspects of social care including (but not limited to) reducing homelessness, increasing employment, reducing poverty and promoting positive mental health.

Grants can be used to cover a range of project costs. The Foundation will also consider funding running costs of eligible organisations, provided sustainability is being considered.

The next deadline is 6 February 2023.


How To Apply

Applications are usually considered four times a year with notification of decisions in around two weeks of the Grants Committee meeting.

The 2023 Deadlines are as follows:

  • 6 February for March Trustee meeting.
  • 24 April for June Trustee meeting.
  • 7 August for the September Trustee meeting.
  • 23 October for December Trustee meeting.

Guidance notes and the application form can be found on the Veterans' Foundation website.

The Foundation prefers to receive applications electronically but in exceptional cases a paper application can be submitted.

The Veterans' Foundation has not applied a limit to the number of bids that a single organisation can make as it prefers to judge each bid on its merits. In some cases, the Foundation may choose to give regular grant payments, usually quarterly, where the case is particularly strong and benefit to beneficiaries is closely aligned with the Foundation’s objectives.


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