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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

Seed Funding for Projects that Bring Neighbours Together

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Grants of between £250 and £3,000 will support projects and activities with a total cost of no more than £15,000 that cover at least one of the following:

First Encounters that develop new relationships between people of different faith and ethnic communities and encourage the development of mutual understanding – initiatives which begin the process of developing friendship and neighbourliness.

Everyday Interactions that support regular interactions, repeatedly bringing people together and encouraging families and individuals to come together to share life – building flourishing and sustainable friendships and relationships.

Civil Engagement which brings together people from different faith or ethnic communities to work together to change their neighbourhoods for the better – enabling diverse communities to transform their neighbourhoods.

There are a number of different priorities this year; including those related to the impact of COVID-19 on specific groups:

  • Projects that focus on improving community resilience and cohesion in helping solve divisions and tensions between ethnicities and communities: especially in areas where COVID-19 has increased these tensions.

  • Projects which combat loneliness and promote connectedness, for groups and individuals, especially those in need of support following lockdown and isolation.

  • Projects which support vulnerable women. Applications are welcome which support those who have suffered during lockdown, such as from domestic abuse and mental health issues.

  • Projects supporting vulnerable young people, especially those at risk of grooming into gangs, extremism or crime, and those who have been adversely affected in lockdown.

Faith groups, places of worship, partnerships of different faith groups, and informal local groups comprising people of different faith groups and backgrounds may apply as can secular organisations that are working with faith communities.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with the final deadline for applications of 11 December 2020.

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