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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

BAME Infrastructure Support Fund Accepting Applications

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The UK Community Foundations (UKCF) has launched this new fund to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

The funding is intended to support BAME-led groups and organisations that can, in turn, help other BAME organisations to access their local Community Foundation and secure National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds from them.

An initial £250,000 is being made available with more funds anticipated on a rolling basis.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 over a maximum of three months are available.

Up to 20% of core costs can be funded.

The funding is to be used for the following (not an exhaustive list):

  • Awareness-raising via marketing and communications.

  • Mentoring/supporting of groups through the local Community Foundation application process.

  • Support with monitoring and reporting.

  • Provision of micro grants to enable applications for NET funding through community foundations.

  • Building relationships to help community foundations identify and address barriers to funding BAME-led organisations and communities.

There are no deadlines. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

How To Apply

There are no deadlines. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The application form is available to download from the UK Community Foundations website.

Applications will be considered by an independent panel every week and awards made as quickly as possible thereafter. The panel is led by independent BAME Voluntary and Community Sector leaders and experts, including representatives from Voice4Change, Muslim Charities Forum and Equally Ours.

The panel will award grants as applications are received from an open call on a rolling basis.

UKCF will administer the fund and make the grant payments. Applicants can contact UKCF for more details.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    UK Community Foundations
    Unit 1.04 Piano House
    9 Brighton Terrace
    SW9 8DJ
    Email: [email protected]

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