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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 Business Pivot Challenge

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Objectives of Fund

The COVID-19 Business Pivot Challenge will help businesses of all sizes from anywhere in the world, meet the most pressing needs related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and build toward a more just and resilient society.

The Challenge offers an open and collaborative space to develop solutions, post inspiration, gather feedback, and find partners. The OpenIDEO team will be in the Challenge to uncover opportunities to connect participants based upon their interests and needs.

Value Notes

There is $50,000 USD in seed funding available. Five selected submissions from the Challenge will be eligible to receive $10,000 each in seed funding from the Vodafone Americas Foundation.

Who Can Apply

Participation is invited from anyone to share inspiration and ideas, from business owners and leaders to employees within companies of all types and sizes.

To be eligible for this funding, the business pivot must be focused on the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, or Mobile Technology & Data.



How To Apply

Deadline for applications: 30 April 2020.

Applications are made online.

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