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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

Cash for Kids - Cumbria and South West Scotland

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Grants are available to individuals, registered charities, sports clubs and voluntary and community organisations based in the CFM Radio broadcast area for projects that benefit children and young people who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect and are 18 years or younger.

Fund Information

Funding body:

CFM Radio

Maximum value:


Application deadline:

None specified


Cash for Kids is the official charity of CFM Radio.

Objectives of Fund

The aim is to raise and allocate funds to the thousands of children in the region who rely on charitable support.

Value Notes

No minimum or maximum level of funding is specified. The average grant value is approximately £3,000.

Who Can Apply

Individuals, registered charities, voluntary and community organisations and sports clubs based in the CFM Radio broadcast area may apply.

The broadcast area includes:

  • Copeland.

  • Allerdale.

  • Eden.

  • North Cumbria.

  • The Annandale and Eskdale areas of Southwest Scotland.

Favourable consideration will be given to those projects which directly benefit a number/large number of children and/or positively increase the quality of their lives.


CFM Radio broadcast area which encompasses Cumbria and South West Scotland.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Salaries/volunteer expenses.

  • Home improvements (windows and doors/extensions).

  • Holidays abroad for families.

  • Furniture that will not be used specifically by children.

  • School trips abroad.

  • General operational costs.

  • Televisions.

  • Rent/rates for premises.

  • Driving lessons for parents/carers.

  • Medical treatment abroad.

  • PTAs.

  • Sporting events for individuals to participate in.

  • Community Interest Companies.

Eligible Expenditure

Projects should benefit sick, disabled or disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years or younger.

Grants can be used for a variety of projects, including but not limited to:

  • Buying medical, educational or sporting equipment.

  • Holiday schemes.

  • Transport facilities.

  • Developing activities for children and young people.

  • Buying specialist equipment for individuals.

Preference will be given to projects which directly benefit a number of children and/or positively increase the quality of their lives.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time. The Local Executive Board will consider applications three times per year.

Information will be broadcast on CFM Radio as well as posted on the CFM Radio website.

Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the CFM Radio website.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Charity Administrator
    CFM Radio
    PO Box 964
    CA1 3NG
    Tel: 01228 815506
    Email: [email protected]

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