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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

Schools Eligible for COVID Summer Food Fund

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The Department for Education (DfE) has launched the COVID Summer Food Fund which will enable children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals to be supported over the summer holiday period.

The payments for the COVID Summer Food Fund will be met centrally by DfE. This support is in addition to the free school meals national voucher scheme.

Schools will have received an email from Edenred for the free school meals national voucher scheme with an activation code and a step-by-step guide to using the online ordering portal. The Edenred portal will also be used to order vouchers from the COVID Summer Food Fund.

Through the COVID Summer Food Fund, schools can support eligible pupils with a £90 voucher to cover the 6-week holiday period. If a school’s summer holiday lasts 7 full weeks (rather than 6), they can increase the voucher amount per child from £90 to £105.

Schools must ensure that they do not order vouchers through the free school meals national voucher scheme for holiday weeks that are covered by the COVID Summer Food Fund.

Orders for vouchers must be made at least one week before the school term ends, and it will be issued to the family within 7 days unless a distribution date for further in the future has been specified.

Once the voucher’s value has been confirmed, schools can either:

  • Send the eCode directly to the parent or carers of the pupils(s) - they will need to choose an eGift card from a range of supermarkets

  • Select an eGift card on the parent or carer’s behalf, and print and post the eGift card to them

  • Select an eGift card on the parent or carer’s behalf, print the eGift card and arrange for families to collect it.

For any Edenred queries, please email:

Guidance is available from Edenred for parents to help answer any questions.

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