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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

COVID-19 Funding for UK Health Charities – End of July Deadline

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UK based registered charities that have been operating as a charity for at least three years can apply for grants of up to £20,000 or 20% of their organisation’s annual gross turnover, whichever is the lower amount.

The funding is for projects which are either needed to ensure the completion of existing projects or to support newly created projects which will:

  • Support patients or their families being treated in the UK healthcare environment, as listed in the NHS’ COVID-19 Vulnerable populations list, or

  • Improve a given disease pathway e.g. disease awareness or alleviation of associated socio-economic factors, or

  • Support populations groups defined as clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 31 July 2020.

Useful documents & links

Scheme - Guidance Document

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. MSD UK Grants Committee
    Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)
    Hertford Road
    EN11 9BU
    Email: [email protected]

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