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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

NLCF’s Emerging Futures Fund – Short Application Window

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This new fund from the National Lottery Community Fund aims to give communities and civil society organisations across the UK ‘the space, resource and additional expertise to step back [from COVID-19] and ask questions, imagine alternatives and gather to shape the emerging future’.

There is a total of £1 million for this fund over three to six months. Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations that are based and working within the UK.

The funding is for three different types of work:

  • Exploring new narratives, perspectives and community storytelling. The funding is for projects that can create narratives that:

    • Look at the stories emerging from them pandemic, to find out who, or what, needs to be focussed on more.

    • Explore new kinds of relationships that have formed in response to COVID-19.

    • Show what is most important to communities.

    • Help inspire community togetherness after the pandemic.

    • Show where new kinds of infrastructure are being created, and why it’s valuable.

  • Community foresight and public imagination. The funding is for projects that:

    • Put diverse voices at the centre, and in the lead

    • Activate and strengthen social imagination in communities so that the voices and ideas of local communities can contribute to the renewal of civil society.

    • Support communities to develop and use community foresight practices together

    • Develop approaches with communities to create collective visions and demonstrate practical ways for those visions to be acted upon

    • Know how to use what they’ve learned from their project to influence change.

  • Investing in strong signals of transformation. The funding is for projects that:

    • Can show practical ways about where we go from here

    • Need resource to develop their idea so that when the time is right the idea is more likely to be adopted

    • Can show us why they think the time is right for their idea

    • Can show us how they have responded to different challenges - like different patterns of work, community togetherness and the valuing of relationships.

The funding can cover staff salaries, project activities, engagement activities, running costs, and equipment.

The deadline for applications is 25 June 2020 (5pm).


How To Apply

The application form and guidance notes are available from the National Lottery Community Fund website.

The completed form should be submitted by email ([email protected]) before 5pm on Thursday 25 June 2020.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    National Lottery Community Fund
    Head Office
    1 Plough Place
    EC4A 1DE
    Tel: 028 9568 0143
    Email: [email protected]

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