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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

More Than a Pub Programme Re-opens with £2.2m in New Funding for England

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Funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and led by the national charity, the Plunkett Foundation, this new £2.2 million round of More than a Pub, makes a range of support and funding available until December 2020.

The support includes allocated business development advisers, help with community consultations, advice on legal forms, business planning, community share offers and, bursary awards of up to £2,500.

Groups can access the full range of support from the pre-venture stage, or just the elements they need, depending on how well their plans are developed.

When a group is ready to purchase a pub, they can access a combined finance package of up to £100,000, made up equally of a loan and a grant.

Applications will be considered from organisations that are incorporated or intend to incorporate and which are using, or planning to use, one of the following legal forms:

  • Community Benefit Society.

  • Co-operative Society.

  • Company Limited by Guarantee.

  • Community Interest Company (large membership).

Regardless of legal structure, an asset lock, or other significant barrier, must be in place to ensure minimal private benefit (and notably the pub cannot be sold for the private benefit of those involved).

Applications will be accepted at any time and are assessed at Panel meetings on the second Thursday of every month. Applications must be submitted by the 28th of the previous month.

The programme will run from 19 August to December 2020.

How To Apply

After being closed for nearly five months due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, the programme is now open for applications.

Applications will be accepted at any time and are assessed at Panel meetings on the second Thursday of every month. Applications must be submitted by the 28th of the previous month.

The first step in the application process is to contact Plunkett via the advice line or by filling out the online enquiry form.

If eligible, applicants will then be provided with a link to the Request for Support application form. The Foundation advises on the outcome of all Request for Support applications within 10 working days.

The overall process for Loan and Grant funding generally takes between four months and a year, depending on the readiness of the group and willingness of the pub owner to sell on the property.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Programme Advice Line
    Plunkett Foundation
    The Quadrangle
    OX20 1LH
    Tel: 01993 810730
    Email: [email protected]

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