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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

Fund for Cultural Organisations in England Affected by COVID-19 to Open Soon

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Cultural organisations in England that were financially stable before the COVID-19 crisis but are now at imminent risk of failure will be able to apply for grants of between £50,000 and £3 million to enable them to stay afloat. Applications are invited from both profit and not-for-profit cultural organisations.

The funding will support organisations over a six months period to ensure that by 31 March 2021 they can reopen, either fully or partially, or be operating on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis until they are able to reopen at a later date. The grants can be used to cover a wide range of costs, including staff salaries; equipment to ensure compliance with social distancing and other public health requirements; temporary storage for collections, artefacts and documents; or debts incurred as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be two funding rounds, which will run consecutively. Around 75% of the overall budget of the Fund will be awarded during the first round and therefore, organisations are strongly encouraged to apply during the first round, where feasible.

The first funding round will open for applications at 12 noon on 10 August 2020.

How To Apply

There will be two funding rounds, which will run consecutively:

  • Round 1 will open for applications at 12 noon on 10 August 2020 and will close at 12 noon on 21 August 2020.

  • Round 2 will open for applications at 4pm on 21 August 2020 and will close at 12 noon on 4 September 2020.

Organisations can apply once to only one of these rounds.

The Arts Council expects to allocate approximately 75% of the overall budget during Round 1. Therefore, organisations are strongly encouraged to apply to Round 1, where feasible.

Applications must be submitted through the Arts Council’s online application portal Grantium. Organisations that do not have a profile on the system yet will need to set one up as soon as possible, as it can take a few days to validate profiles.

Guidelines and FAQ documents are available on the website of Arts Council England.

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