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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

Defra Launches £3.45m Fund to Support Frontline Food Aid Charities

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Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) have launched the one-off £3.45 million Coronavirus (COVID-19) Food Charities Grant Fund to help front-line food aid charities continue their work in providing food to vulnerable people during the current coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 per organisation being made available to front-line food charities who:

  • Are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities.

  • Have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020.

The funding is to be used to provide for people:

  • Who are unable to afford food.

  • Who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, or the newly homeless.

Application is through the eSourcing portal.

Applications will be assessed strictly on a 'first-come first-served' basis.

The deadline for bids is 6 July 2020 (12 noon).

How To Apply

The deadline for bids is 6 July 2020 (12 noon).

Application is through the eSourcing portal.

Applications will be assessed strictly on a first come first served basis.

The outcome of the application will be sent by email.

Questions about the grant or how to apply should be sent by email to Defra at [email protected]

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