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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

Salesforce Offers Grants to Ease COVID-19 Pressures on Small Businesses

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Forming part of a pledge Salesforce has made to small businesses and giving back to the community, the company is partnering with Enterprise Nation to offer grants to eligible companies, helping them through the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Salesforce Small Business Grants Programme aims to help firms that are suffering from the effects of the current restrictions placed upon business and the general population as a result of the pandemic.

The programme will distribute a total of £670,000 in the form of 134 individual grants of £5,000 for each supported business.

Small UK-based businesses that have been established for at least 12 months, employing between 2 and 50 members of staff may apply. Applicants must be registered at Companies House. They must not have not received any other cash grant during 2020 in relation to COVID-19 from any Government. The business must have a British bank account.

Applications will open in six regional phases. Each region will have seven days to apply. Application periods are as follows:

  • North of England Businesses: 27 July - 2 August 2020

  • Cheshire

  • Cumbria

  • Greater Manchester

  • Lancashire

  • Merseyside

  • Northumberland

  • County Durham

  • Tyne and Wear

  • Yorkshire

Interested parties can learn more about the programme on the FAQ page.

Those requiring help with their application, login or having problems with the system should email [email protected]

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