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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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John Spedan Lewis Foundation – COVID-19 Fund

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One-off emergency grants for UK registered charities whose charitable aims include natural history, wildlife conservation, and horticulture in the UK and who are experiencing financial hardship due to coronavirus/COVID-19.

Fund Information

Funding body:

John Spedan Lewis Foundation

Maximum value:

£ 20,000

Application deadline:



The John Spedan Lewis Foundation (JSLF) is focused on the personal interests of John Spedan Lewis, the founder of the John Lewis Partnership, who was a keen naturalist.

The Foundation provides funding for UK registered charities with natural history, wildlife conservation and horticulture among their stated charitable aims, continuing the interests of John Spedan Lewis.

Objectives of Fund

The Foundation is offering one-off emergency funding to support the core activities of UK registered charities who are experiencing financial hardship due to coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. This funding is only for charities that have natural history topics and horticulture explicitly stated among their charitable purposes.

Value Notes

The maximum grant available is £20,000.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from UK registered charities operating within the UK.

To be eligible, applicants must have

  • An income of less than £1 million in the last financial year.

  • Have natural history topics and horticulture are explicitly stated among their charitable purposes. Natural history topics can include wildlife conservation, entomology and ornithology. Horticulture is also included in our charitable objectives. Horticultural charities will need to evidence how activities directly benefit UK wildlife (e.g. wildlife habitat creation, increased insect food sources).

Priority will be given to applications where the funding will make a significant improvement to the charity's solvency and ability to operate over the next 3-12 months.

Recent grantees are welcome to apply.




The funding is not available for:

  • Individuals

  • Charities whose charitable purposes do not meet the aims of the Foundation.

  • Charities with an income of more than £1 million in the last financial year.

Eligible Expenditure

Emergency funding is to be used for core activities, including support for staff costs (permanent and fixed-term appointments).

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted over a two-week period. The closing date is 14 June 2020. Decisions on applications will be made by 28 June 2020.

The online application form is available on the John Spedan Lewis Foundation – COVID-19 Fund web page.

Payment Procedure

Successful applicants can expect to receive payment by bank transfer within 10 days of being notified of the grant award.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    John Spedan Lewis Foundation
    John Lewis plc
    Partnership House
    Carlisle Place
    SW1P 1BX
    Email: [email protected]

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