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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.


Grants and Funding


£20m Charity Resilience Fund Opens for Applications from England

20 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Charites Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a £20 million fund aimed at both registered and unregistered charitable organisations, including community interest companies and social enterprises, with an income of between £50,000 and £10 million and who were established on or before 31 August 2019.

The fund aims to help a number of different causes and communities, including people living in poverty, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people with physical or learning disabilities, refugees and migrants, homeless people, unemployed people, and those pushed into crisis because of COVID-19.

Flexible grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 can be used to support the activities where they are essential for delivering relevant services, including staff salaries, project running costs, running costs/overheads, goods and equipment which would not be capitalised and organisational development. The grant can support costs between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021.

It is expected that there will be a high level of demand and thus priority will be given to:

  • Charities and other organisations whose established charitable activities have been severely reduced or are at risk of being severely reduced to the detriment of vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.

  • Organisations that are having to deliver core services in fundamentally different or unusual ways in order to respond to the crisis and still reach their beneficiaries within vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.

  • Organisations that are deeply embedded with communities and have established networks to deliver their charitable activities.

Applications will be accepted from 20 October to 10 November 2020 (12 noon).

How To Apply

Guidelines, terms and conditions, and the online application form are available from CAF’s website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
    25 Kings Hill Avenue
    Kings Hill
    West Malling
    ME19 4TA
    Tel: 03000 123 000
    Email: [email protected]


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