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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website

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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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Addresses and contacts

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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