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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


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£150,000 Competition for COVID-19 Digital Solutions

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A fund has been launched for UK healthcare firms to find new ways of using digital technology to combat coronavirus.

The Welsh Government has announced a new funding competition for digital solutions to help fight coronavirus (COVID-19). Through the COVID-19 Digital Solutions Fund, support is available for between five and eight projects to rapidly pilot products and solutions.

The competition is open to any UK business that has a digital solution to fight COVID-19. It is hoped that supported projects will change the way people are diagnosed, treated and managed by the health service. The Fund will support the rapid piloting and evaluation of new digital platforms, apps and technologies to determine their long-term use and potential in the health service.

From a total budget of £150,000, selected companies will receive Welsh Government funding of up to £30,000 each to develop or test their solutions over a 6-8-week period.

Solutions must be developed and ready for testing during the application process. They will be judged by an expert panel from the Welsh Government, NHS Wales and the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS).

Helen Northmore, from the Life Sciences Hub Wales, which will be co-ordinating the responses to scheme, said:

'This challenge fund is a perfect opportunity to test and develop technologies which offer the largest impact and best value solutions during coronavirus and beyond.

'We are delighted to support this competition – this fund will enable rapid evaluation of potential digital innovations for health and care delivery in Wales.'

The deadline for applications is Monday 8 June 2020.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is Monday 8 June (09:00 BST).

Applications can be submitted at

Successful projects will be notified by 22 June 2020 and will be expected to start from 29 June 2020. The rapid pilots will be over the summer, with an evaluation in September to review the potential for scalability across Wales.

Those who have any questions regarding the scheme should email [email protected]

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