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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

Last Opportunity for Social Enterprises in England to Apply for COVID-19 Crisis Funding

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Social enterprises in England that are supporting people at high health risk from COVID-19, and those supporting people facing increased social and economic challenges as a result of COVID-19 have one week to apply for crisis funding.

For the final round, the eligibility criteria for the Fund have been widened and now organisations with an annual income of between £20,000 and £1.8 million can apply. To be eligible organisations must have been incorporated for at least a year and must have been financially stable before COVID-19. Applications are particularly welcome from organisations that are led by people from BAME backgrounds, people with disabilities, from the LGBTQ+ community or by people with lived experience of the issue they are seeking to resolve.

Organisations can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £300,000. However, applicants should note that as funding is very limited, most grants will be for between £10,000 and £50,000.

The funding can be used for two types of support:

  • Funding for activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19.

  • Helping organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they are facing as result of the crisis.

The deadline for the final application round is 1pm on 17 September 2020.


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