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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

Funding for Football Clubs to Prepare for Safe Resumption of Games and Return of Supporters

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Applications for a new Fund that aims to get football clubs ready for matchdays are being invited from National League System Clubs (Steps 1-6), Welsh Premier League Clubs and FA Women's Pyramid Clubs (Tier 1-5).

Eligible clubs can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £20,000. The available grant size will depend on the tier that the club is playing at.

The grants are to be used for covering the costs of implementing COVID-19 risk assessment and action plans.

The funding should be spent in one or more of the following areas:

  • Keeping facilities and equipment clean.

  • Maintaining social distancing and avoiding congestion.

  • Promoting good hygiene.

Clubs can use the grants for costs such as building repairs and modifications, cleaning and sanitisation, implementing contactless payment systems, PPE equipment for staff or volunteers, signage and floor marking or safe travel to and from away games.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 16 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
    The Football Foundation
    10 Eastbourne Terrace
    W2 6LG
    Tel: 0345 345 4555
    Email: [email protected]

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