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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

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Grants and Funding News
15Jul

Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

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One-off grants for community-led organisations in England that are facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 lockdown so that they can continue to deliver vital services.

Potential applicants can register to attend a free webinar on Thursday 23 July (3:30pm to 5pm) to find out more about the criteria and application process.

The COVID-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme will have three application rounds. Each round will have a short application window of three hours. This short application window is due to the expected high level of demand for the funding:

  • Round One – Tuesday 28 July, 10am-1pm

  • Round Two – Tuesday 4 August, 10am-1pm

  • Round Three – Tuesday 11 August, 10am-1pm

Background

The £9.5 million Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme is run by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of The National Lottery Community Fund.

Objectives of Fund

The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from coronavirus/Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses.

The funding and business support are intended to:

  • Help people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

  • Provide services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Value Notes

There is a total of £9.5 million for the three rounds.

Organisations should apply for a grant that is proportionate to their level of income. (Details are in the guidance notes.)

The maximum grant available is £100,000.

Who Can Apply

All types of community-led organisation affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis can apply.

Applications are particularly welcome from organisations led by or directly supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, which have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Located and operating in England only.

  • Incorporated, or if unincorporated the organisation must have a constitution and a bank account

  • Able to benefit from a grant of up to £100,000

  • Able to spend the funds by 19 April 2021

  • Operating for public benefit

  • Community led

  • In a stable position before COVID-19

  • State Aid compliant

  • Community-led, multi-purpose organisations with a charitable purpose.

  • Delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, particularly BAME communities.

  • Accountable to local people.

  • Facing a negative impact on their organisational finances because of COVID-19.

  • Facing increased pressure/demand from their beneficiaries.

  • Not applying to other funding pots under the Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

Location

England

Restrictions

A full list of exclusions can be found in the guidance notes.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding must be used for charitable purposes and be spent within six months or at the latest by 19 April 2021.

The funding is intended to cover the essential costs of sustaining current services or refocusing services to address more immediate beneficiary needs, which may include:

  • Revenue

    • Contribution to staff salaries

    • Project (specific to this fund) related expenses

    • Running costs/overheads (due to loss of income or new activities)

    • Training and development (Staff or Volunteers) directly related to the Project (specific to this fund)

    • Measures to ensure social distancing

  • Capital

    • New/ improved systems (for example, itemised software purchases)

    • Small equipment (itemised)

    • Small refurbishments/ adaptions needed for social distancing measures

How To Apply

Potential applicants can register to attend a free webinar on Thursday 23 July (3:30pm to 5pm) to find out more about the criteria and application process.

The COVID-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme will have three application rounds. Each round will have a short application window of three hours. This short application window is due to the expected high level of demand for the funding:

  • Round One – Tuesday 28 July, 10am-1pm

  • Round Two – Tuesday 4 August, 10am-1pm

  • Round Three – Tuesday 11 August, 10am-1pm

The guidance notes and faqs are available now to download from the Power to Change website.

Once the scheme opens, applications are to be made on the Power to Change website.


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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Social Investment Business
    CAN Mezzanine Borough
    7-14 Great Dover Street
    London
    SE1 4YR
    Tel: 020 3096 7900
    Email: [email protected]

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