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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

Police & Crime Commissioner’s Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund

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The fund is particularly looking to support organisations that believe they can have an impact on the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan:-

  • Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour (objective 3)

  • Ensure offenders face a consequence for their crime (objective 4)

  • Always put victims first (objective 5)

  • Focus our police on online and sexual crime (objective 6)

  • Supporting young people (objective 8)

The purpose of the fund is to provide immediate short-term financial assistance to charities, community and voluntary groups who are providing a vital service to some of the most vulnerable members of the community.  There is a recommendation that the projects have been discussed with local policing teams, this will enhance applications to this fund.  All monies received must be spent in their entirety by 31st March 2021.

Please note the Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund will not support:

  • Rent, utilities, building repairs, accounting fees, insurance, taxes, legal fees etc.

  • Reimbursement for previously purchased goods

  • Activities which form a statutory function of an applicant

  • Commercially run activities

  • Projects run for the sole benefit of one individual

  • Events or activities for which the principle aim is to fundraise for other organisations

  • Projects operating outside of Cumbria

  • Politically based activities

  • Medical research

  • CCTV, ANPR, Speed Laser Devices and Speed Activation Devices

The Commissioner and a decision making panel will considers applications monthly, applications have now closed for the June round, with the remaining closing dates being 5pm on the last day of July, August and September 2020.

Please ensure applications are received by the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner prior to the closing date. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be considered.

The Fund will be used to award grants following a funding application.  This information pack will explain the process and contains the forms you will need to apply for funding.  Funding will be awarded on the basis of the expected outcomes that your group aim to achieve from a funding award.  Grants will be awarded for amounts up to £5,000.

Each grant will be paid in two stages, 70% at the start of the project and 30% at the end of the project. The 30% final payment will be made at the end of the project subject to us having received a report from you setting out how the grant has helped you achieve your objectives and what changes it has brought about.

Click here to view the guidance notes.

Click here to download the application form.

Click here to download the supplier details form.

Click here to download the evaluation template.

Click here To view a copy of the Police and Crime Plan .

All applications must be emailed to: [email protected] along with a supplier details form and all requested documentation.

or posted to: OPCC, Carleton Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2AU

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