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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

Schroder Charity Trust

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Objectives of Fund

The Trust aim to support charities in the UK who are working in the areas of education and young people, communities, environment and conservation, health, arts and culture, international development, heritage, and the armed forces.

The Trust continues to accept applications from charities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, and it is taking into account the current challenges many charities are dealing with as they respond to the pandemic.

Value Notes

The Trust generally makes grants of up to £5,000. Last year, the average grant value was £4,368.

Grants are usually for a one-year period.

There is a one in five success rate. Last year between 400 and 500 applications were received and of those, around 100 charities received funding.

Who Can Apply

Registered charities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are eligible to apply.


United Kingdom


The Trust will not support:

  • Individuals

  • Animal welfare organisations

  • Political organisations

  • Major capital appeals

Eligible Expenditure

The funding aims to support the following:

  • Education and young people

  • Health

  • Communities

  • Environment and conservation

  • Heritage

  • Arts and culture

  • International development

  • The armed forces

Grants can be used to cover both core costs and specific project costs, but not large capital appeals.

How To Apply

The current round of applications will close on 30 April 2020. Applications should be submitted via the online form on the Schroder Charity Trust website.

The Trust have added a section to the application form which enables applicants to illustrate how they have been impacted by and how they are responding to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Charities who submitted an application prior to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic may update their application by contacting the Trust with an explanation of the impact on the charity and how they are responding.

Applications will be reviewed in June 2020, and applicants can expect to receive a response shortly after.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Schroder Charity Trust
    81 Rivington Street
    EC2A 3AY
    Tel: 020 3170 5793
    Email: [email protected]

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