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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 to Address Impacts of COVID-19 Crisis on LGBTQ+ Communities

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A new £585,000 Fund is now open for applications from groups and organisations across the UK that support LGBTQ+ communities. To be eligible for the Fund, organisations must be led by LGBTQ+ staff or volunteers and have an annual turnover of less than £100,000.

Four levels of funding are available:

  • Micro grants of up to £500 or £1,000.

  • Small grants of up to £5,000.

  • Medium grants up to £10,000.

  • Large grants of up to £15,000.

The funding is to be used for projects that address the impacts that the COVID-19 crisis has had on LGBTQ+ people.

Organisations have until July 2021 to spend the grants.

The deadlines for applications are 22 September 2020 for micro/small grants and 30 September 2020 for medium/large grants.


How To Apply

The application deadline for:

  • Micro and small grants is 22 September 2020 (5pm).

  • Medium and large grants is 30 September 2020 (5pm).

Applications should be submitted via email. There are two separate application forms, one for micro and small grants and one for medium and large grants.

For micro and small grants, organisations can choose to submit a video application, as long as they ensure that all questions included in the application form are covered in the video.

Guidance notes and the application forms are available on the website of METRO.

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