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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

Fund Launched for Women’s Organisations Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis

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Organisations that are non-profitable and run predominantly by, for and with women can now apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to meet short-term funding needs for a period of up to six months.

To be eligible, organisations do not have to be registered charities, but their activities must be charitable, legal and for the benefit of women in one or more of the following areas:

  • Economic justice.

  • Health and wellbeing.

  • Leadership and representation.

  • Safety.

Applications are particularly welcome from women’s organisations that:

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including:
    • Marginalised populations.

    • BME women.

    • LGBTQ+ women and girls.

    • Women and girls with disabilities.

    • Older women.

    • Homeless women.

    • Survivors of gender violence.

    • Women in prison and ex-offenders

    • Other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women.

  • Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.

Both existing and new work can be funded. Eligible organisations can apply for unrestricted funding towards core costs but the application must directly relate to challenges emerging from the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Only one application per organisation is accepted.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered on a rolling basis.

Organisations will be notified of a decision on their application within approximately two weeks.

Guidance notes, a FAQ document and the online application form are available on the website of Rosa.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    United House
    4th Floor
    North Road
    N7 9DP
    Email: [email protected]

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