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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

Heritage Emergency Fund – Final Two Weeks to Apply

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund is providing a package of support for the UK’s heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. This includes increased advice and support, longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives and £50 million to provide emergency and/or recovery funding for those most in need.

This short-term funding is designed to support the immediate actions needed to stabilise operations, manage unforeseen risks and costs to help heritage sector organisations recover.

Two levels of funding are available:

  • Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 to help organisations deal with immediate risks and become more stable.

  • Grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 for heritage assets at immediate risk to cover essential costs for up to four months.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • A not-for-profit organisation.

  • A current or previous recipient of a grant directly from the Heritage Lottery.

  • An owner, manager or representative of heritage, or be able to show they have delivered participatory heritage activity.

The guidance notes were updated to include the following changes:

  • As organisations prepare to re-open, the Fund will cover costs associated with doing this safely and in line with Government guidance.

  • In addition to costs essential to stabilising the organisation, the Fund will cover costs of preparing for recovery, including strategic reviews of business models, operating plans and business plans, and investment to enable digital delivery of services. The updated guidance now includes more examples of recovery costs to help organisations plan their application.

The full details of the updated guidance notes are available on the Heritage Fund website.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications has been extended by a month from 30 June to 12 noon on 31 July 2020. This is the final deadline. Further funding opportunities are expected to be announced in July 2020.

The updated guidance notes, FAQs, and online application form are available on the National Lottery Heritage Fund website.

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. Customer Services Team
    National Lottery Heritage Fund (Heritage Lottery Fund)
    International House
    1 St Katharine's Way
    E1W 1UN
    Tel: 020 7591 6044
    Email: [email protected]

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