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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

Comic Relief Seeks LGBTQ+ Led Intermediary Partners – Imminent Deadline

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In response to the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 on underserved and/or minoritized communities across the UK, Comic Relief has announced a new one-off funding opportunity as part of its efforts to fund and reach more organisations supporting the UK’s LGBTQ+ communities.

Comic Relief would like to partner with LGBTQ+ led organisations who:

  • Reach grassroots organisations with a good geographical spread throughout the nation.

  • Are committed to community-led development.

  • Have a participatory approach and put people with lived experience at the heart of programme design and decision-making.

  • Have a learning culture and clear plans for understanding and reporting on delivery and impact.

  • Share Comic Relief’s core values in terms of inclusion and diversity.

  • Have robust governance systems and policies in place, ie, safeguarding and have the capacity to manage funding and make grants on behalf of Comic Relief.

  • Can support Comic Relief in gathering and telling compelling and innovative stories of change.

The funder is open to working with more than one partner to maximise the reach and impact of the funding (£650,000 has been ring-fenced for this opportunity).

Full details, the application form and contact details are available on Comic Relief’s website.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday, 8 June 2020.

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