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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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Grants and Funding News
06Apr

£5 Million COVID-19 Relief Grants for Young Entrepreneurs

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The Prince's Trust and NatWest have launched a £5 million grant fund for young entrepreneurs whose businesses have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Enterprise Relief Fund aims to help 18-30-year olds keep their businesses afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.

Cash grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. Additionally, grants will support young people to diversify their business to respond to opportunities created by the crisis.

In conjunction with grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

To be eligible, businesses must have started up in the last four years and be run by someone aged 18 to 30. Young people who are in the process of starting a business and do not have any other source of income during the crisis are also eligible to apply for a grant.

Jonathan Townsend, Interim UK Chief Executive of The Prince's Trust said:

'It is more important than ever to encourage and protect the entrepreneurial spirit of young people in the UK.

'Small and medium-sized businesses make up most of this country's economy and we need the next generation of entrepreneurs to come out fighting on the other side of this crisis.'

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

  1. Enquiries
    The Prince's Trust
    18 Park Square East
    London
    NW1 4LH
    Tel: 0800 842842
    Fax: 020 7543 1200
    Email: [email protected]

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