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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

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund

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Grants are available for community initiatives and charitable events that are local to the business operations of NFU Mutual across the UK.

Fund Information

Funding body:

NFU Mutual

Maximum value:

£ 1,000

Application deadline:



NFU Mutual is a UK registered mutual insurance composite.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended for community events, charities, schools, and community group activities that are local to NFU Mutual’s business operations across the UK.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

Who Can Apply

Community groups, charities and schools can apply.


United Kingdom


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Advertising.

  • Animal charities.

  • Charities overseas.

  • Political activity.

  • NFU’s own products (i.e. insurance).

  • Religious organisations.

  • Rent or property maintenance.

  • Requests for charity sponsorship (apart from NFU staff members).

  • Sponsorship and fundraising for the benefit of an individual.

  • Staffing costs.

  • Travel expenses.

  • Sponsorship of sports kits.

  • Retrospective costs.

Eligible Expenditure

The Fund’s main areas of interest are:

  • Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience.

  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of the community.

  • Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of communities.

  • Advancing education and experiences for young people.

Priority will be given to:

  • Requests that are supported by NFU Mutual staff members or one of NFU Mutual’s local branch offices.

  • Beneficiaries that have not been given funds previously.

The grants should be used for specific project costs, for example purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time.

How To Apply

The next deadlines for applications are:

  • 30 September 2020 for a decision by 31 October 2020.

  • 1 December 2020 for a decision by 24 December 2020.

The applications form and guidelines are available on the website of NFU Mutual.

Completed application forms should be submitted via email to [email protected]

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility Team
    NFU Mutual
    Tel: 01789 202261
    Email: [email protected]

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