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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 Fund for Migration Charity Sector Re-opens – Apply Without Delay

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The Barrow Cadbury COVID-19 Support Fund has reopened for a second round of applications after closing on 2 August as there were ‘slightly fewer applications than expected’.

The eligibility criteria have been extended. The programme is now open to organisations with an income of £10,000 to £3 million (previously the limit was £1 million) that provide services and support targeted at refugees and migrants. This includes organisations that only work with these groups and those that have more general objects but are seeking to maintain or expand existing services targeted at refugees and migrants.

The maximum grant available is £50,000, or three months’ expenditure, whichever is less. Grants must be spent within six months and by 19 April 2021 at the latest.

The funding can only be spent on needs arising directly or indirectly from the pandemic and can cover a range of things including:

  • Activities and services related to COVID-19.

  • Changes to the organisation’s systems.

  • Staff salaries or other investment in staff (such as training or support in relation to the demands of COVID-19).

  • Volunteers’ expenses.

  • Equipment to help respond to the pandemic.

  • General running costs.

  • Interpretation costs or other costs specific to supporting this client group.

  • Contributions to fixed costs/overheads.

Priority will be given to organisations that met the programme’s original criteria and applied by 2 August.

The programme will close as soon as there are enough applications to ensure the funds are spent, while keeping success rates high.

There is no set closing date; however, the Trust recommends eligible organisations apply without delay.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    The Barrow Cadbury Trust
    Kean House
    6 Kean Street
    WC2B 4AS
    Email: [email protected]

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