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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

Funding for Football Clubs to Safely Reopen CLOSE DEADLINE 19 JULY

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Football clubs and organisations can apply for grants to get their buildings ready for a safe restarting of football activity, in line with Government coronavirus/COVID-19 guidance.

Football clubs and organisations that manage their own building and have a minimum 12 months security of tenure can apply for grants from a new £2.19 million funding pot, allowing them to make necessary changes and modifications to their premises before reopening.

The funding is to be spent in the following three key areas:

  • Keeping the clubhouse and equipment clean.

  • Maintaining social distancing and avoiding congestion.

  • Promoting good hygiene.

Grants of £500 each will be awarded and can be used to cover costs such as:

  • Providing hand sanitiser dispensers.

  • Providing waste bins.

  • Providing paper towel dispensers.

  • Providing signage and floor marking.

  • Building repairs and modifications.

  • Carrying out professional inspections or testing on water quality or gas and electric.

  • Repairing hand basins and providing hot water.

  • Installing safety screening and contactless payment systems.

The deadline for applications is 19 July 2020.

How To Apply

Organisations have to submit their application through the Football Foundation’s application portal.

Further information is available on the Foundation’s website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    The Football Foundation
    10 Eastbourne Terrace
    W2 6LG
    Tel: 0345 345 4555
    Email: [email protected]

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