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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

COVID-19 Response: RAFT

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Unrestricted grants to support small charities and social enterprises in the UK who are adversely affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Fund Information

Funding body:

The Fore

Maximum value:

£ 5,000

Application deadline:

None specified


The Fore has launched RAFT (Rapid Action by The Fore and Trusts) in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

RAFT consists of a number of emergency activities to support small charities and social enterprises adversely affected by the crisis: RAFT Fund, RAFT Directory of Skilled Volunteer Requests and RAFT Online Resources.

Objectives of Fund

The Fund aims to ensure that effective small charities and social enterprises are able to meet the rapidly changing needs of their beneficiaries, remain viable and prepare for delivery when the acute phase of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis is over.

The funding will support high quality, well-managed small charities and social enterprises with great leadership doing vital work in their communities.

Value Notes

There is a current funding pot of £1 million.

Unrestricted grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from UK registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies with annual incomes below £500,000.

Organisations need to be able to demonstrate the impact of their mission and offer creative solutions to getting through the current crisis and building for delivery beyond the acute phase.



Eligible Expenditure

The unrestricted grants can be used for any purpose, including core costs.

The aim of the fund is to support and strengthen the applicant organisation so it can meet beneficiary needs over the months ahead and in particular as coronavirus/COVID-19 restrictions begin to be lifted.

RAFT funding can complement any other support that the applicant might be able to access.

How To Apply

Applications opened 22 April 2020. The first grants will be announced on 6 May 2020.

Applications will be accepted in tranches with the application portal opened and closed as funding is raised and distributed.

The Fore will initially be accepting 500 applications, with places allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. It will open for additional applications when funding becomes available.

The application form and FAQs are available on The Fore website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    The Fore
    2 Temple Place
    WC2R 3BD
    Email: [email protected]

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