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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

Community Shares Booster Programme Re-Opens

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New and existing community businesses in England that are planning to make, or have recently launched, community share offers can receive:

  • Development grants of up to £10,000 to help societies get investment ready and meet standards of good practice.

  • Match funding up to £100,000 in equity investment made on equal terms with other community shareholders, into societies that demonstrate higher than average levels of community engagement, innovation and impact.

  • Ongoing support and advice as an active investor in community businesses.

Applicants need to be incorporated as a community benefit society, co-operative society or charitable community benefit society and have the following key features:

  • Locally rooted.

  • Operating for the benefit of the community with broad community impact.

  • Accountable to the local community.

  • With trading at the heart of its business, for the benefit of the local community.

Applications are accepted from across England, but there is particular interest in those from the following areas, especially if they involve community businesses working together:

  • Bradford

  • Grimsby

  • Hartlepool

  • Leicester

  • Luton

  • Plymouth

  • Wigan

  • Liverpool City Region

  • Bristol

This is a rolling programme of support with applications accepted until December 2020.

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