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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

Masonic Charitable Foundation's Later Life Inclusion Grants Programme Accepting Applications

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Local and national charities in England and Wales that support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over 50 years of age can apply now for funding.

Both large and small grants are available to help people who face social isolation or loneliness for reasons such as financial hardship, care responsibilities, a decline in physical or mental health, or life transitions including retirement or bereavement. The support will help to provide a range of services to support the physical and emotional needs of people as they age, including community-based programmes and access to healthcare, transport and technology.

Depending on their annual income level, registered charities can apply for either:

  • Small grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 for smaller charities with an income of less than £50,000 to support general running and/or overhead costs of the charity – core funding.

  • Large grants start from £10,000 for charities with an annual income of more than £500,000. The average large grant will range from £20,000 to £60,000. Large grants are for projects and can be used for salary costs, activities, materials, etc.

All grants can be over one, two, or three years. Grant amounts should not exceed 15% of the total income of the applicant charity. Charities can only apply for one grant programme at a time.

To be eligible, charities must provide:

  • Mental and physical health support.

  • Gateway and access to service, such as transport and technology.

  • Community based approaches, such as volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support.

  • Advocacy, social and welfare support.

The funding is intended for charities that provide activities such as:

  • Support for emotional and psychological planning for later life.

  • Digital inclusion sessions to enable older people to access services.

  • Activities and clubs enabling older people to remain active and make friends.

  • Providing companionship and befriending schemes for periods of transition.

  • Advice and information on options for those with health conditions.

  • Carers and respite support.

There are two different deadlines:

  • 31 July 2020 for large grants applications (first stage).

  • 31 August 2020 for small grants applications.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Charity Grants Programmes
    Masonic Charitable Foundation
    60 Great Queen Street
    WC2B 5AZ
    Tel: 020 3146 3337
    Email: [email protected]

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