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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

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches New Strategy

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The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has today launched a new strategy, announcing that it will focus on the following three interdependent aims:

  • Improving our natural world.

  • Tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future.

  • Nurturing creative, confident communities.

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK and in 2019 awarded a total of £36 million in grants towards a wide range of charitable projects. The new strategy is underpinned by the need to tackle structural inequality, racism and the causes and impacts of climate change. The Foundation will no longer fund projects outside of the new aims.

The Foundation will continue to award unrestricted core and project grants and has announced that under the new strategy it intends to provide larger and longer-term grants, as well as strategic support. This new approach will mean that the Foundation will be making fewer grants but will be giving more support to help grants achieve better, and more lasting, results.

New applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting from 7 October 2020.

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

  1. Enquiries
    Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
    Kings Place
    90 York Way
    N1 9AG
    Tel: 020 7812 3700
    Email: [email protected]

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