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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

Emergency Funding for BAME Communities in England

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The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Offer core funding to BAME grassroots groups across England working with BAME communities.

  • Raise awareness of the unique challenges facing BAME communities across England.

  • Establish an effective, innovative partnership to improve and promote community-based organisations within English philanthropy.

A total of £1 million will be distributed in grants. The flexible, core funding can be used in whatever way is needed, for example, staff costs, running costs, activities, equipment, and other resources needed to support organisations during this crisis.

Applications will be accepted from micro- and small-sized organisations that are led by representatives of BAME communities, work within BAME communities, have an annual operating budget of up to £100,000 per year, are located and work in England.

The decision-making committee will meet every two weeks to assess applications, and there will be four rounds of grant-making decisions. Funding will be available until the final deadline as decisions are NOT made on a first come, first served basis.

The deadlines for applications are: 21 August, 2 September, 16 September, and 30 September 2020.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Global Fund for Children UK Trust
    86-90 Paul Street
    EC2A 4NE
    Tel: 02039 293730
    Email: [email protected]

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