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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


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Covid-19 Digital Response Fund - Deadline Alert - 7 September

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Funding for Not-for-Profit Organisations in England to Develop Digital Capabilities in Response to COVID-19 Crisis.

A total of £4.95 million has been made available for not-for-profit organisations in England whose work has been affected by COVID-19 to help them develop the digital, data and design capabilities that will allow them to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable.

Organisations must be part of a formal or informal network of 10 or more other charities committed to proactively sharing learnings from the programme within their group. Networks include infrastructure bodies, federated organisations, and other groups.

Priority will be given to:

  • User-led organisations: organisations where the majority of the leadership (ie, at least half of senior team and trustees) are from the communities the organisation serves.

  • Organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the COVID-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic; Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and/or women-led groups).

Two different funding programmes are available and the amount of funding available depends on which of them an organisation decides to apply for:

  • The Discovery Programme allows organisations to validate a problem area through engaging directly with the people affected by that problem, before moving onto developing and testing solutions. Organisations will receive a £5,000 grant to cover the cost of one member of their team full time, or a number of people who, between them, are working on the programme for 20 days.

  • The Development Programme provides organisations with 10 weeks of funding and support to build on the learnings from the Discovery phase and develop a solution to the validated problem area. Organisations can apply for up to £60,000, which will be a mix of grant funding and support from a digital agency/expert.

The deadlines for applications are: 7 September for the Discovery Programme and 20 September for the Development Programme.

Find out more and apply here.

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