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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

Resilience Funding for Women’s Organisations in England

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A new £2.1 million Fund has been launched for voluntary and community sector organisations in England that are supporting women whose poverty has been exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis or those who have been pushed into new poverty and financial hardship.

Grants of between £20,000 and £30,000 will be awarded to organisations that are:

  • Supporting women who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

  • Providing services and support for vulnerable women, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

  • Connecting communities and support communities to work together to respond to the pandemic.

Organisations must have an annual income of less than £1 million to be eligible. Priority will be given to organisations in areas that have been most affected by the coronavirus and those that are working with the following key client groups:

  • BAME women.

  • Women with disabilities.

  • LGBT+ women who are financially vulnerable.

  • Women who have experienced domestic violence, economic abuse or sexual abuse.

  • Economically inactive young women.

  • Carers and those who have been working in the caring professions.

  • Single parent families.

  • Women who experience depression, anxiety and other mental health needs.

  • Women leaving the criminal justice system.

The grants can be used for the following costs:

  • Staff salaries.

  • Project running costs.

  • Running costs/overheads.

  • Goods and equipment to support adaption of frontline services.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis. Organisations are advised to apply as soon as possible.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Smallwood Trust
    Lancaster House
    25 Hornyold Road
    WR14 1QQ
    Tel: 0300 365 1886
    Email: [email protected]

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