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Open 4 Business Portal

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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


Grants and Funding News

Fund Launched for Mental Health Charities Dealing with Increased Demand during Coronavirus Crisis

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A £5 million funding pot has been made available to enable England-based mental health organisations from the voluntary and community sector to deal with the increase in need for their services arising from the coronavirus crisis.

Organisations can apply for funding to:

  • Scale up existing activities: For example, the organisation may manage a helpline or a forum that is experiencing an unprecedented amount of requests.

  • Adapt existing activities: For example, the organisation may have traditionally delivered all of their services in-person and now wants to adapt them in order to continue meeting the needs of existing, or new, service users.

  • Introduce new activities: For example, organisations may want to introduce a new service that will meet the specific needs of service users that arise due, in part, to the coronavirus crisis.

Organisations can apply for either a Small Grant of up to £20,000 or a Large Grant of up to £50,000. The minimum grant available is £5,000. For organisations applying for work across at least three English regions grants of up to £100,000 will be considered.

Funding is for a maximum of 12 months. Successful applicants will be expected to start delivery of their activities within one month of accepting funding.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until the funding pot is allocated (which is anticipated to be within eight to ten weeks).

There are cut-off dates for applications to be considered at specific panel meetings which take place every two weeks.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Mind’s Investment Team
    15-19 Broadway
    E15 4BQ
    Tel: 020 8519 2122
    Fax: 020 8522 1725
    Email: [email protected]

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