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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

£1m Fund to Target Mental Health Support for Students Reopens to Applications

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The Office for Students (OfS) is inviting higher education providers to develop and implement projects which provide innovative approaches to improving mental health outcomes for students. OfS are administering this competition on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, which has provided £1 million for this scheme.

The fund was originally launched in March 2020. However, the competition was paused soon after launch due to the coronavirus pandemic. The OfS have now reopened the funding programme to applications.

OfS are seeking collaborative proposals with a particular focus on intersectional approaches to:

  • Preventative strategies for those students who might be considered particularly at risk of developing mental ill health

  • Driving improvement in access to support for those who might be likely to experience additional barriers (for example, because of the nature of their course, mode of study, or other factors such as structural, personal or cultural differences or inequalities).

In meeting these priorities, OfS are also particularly interested in projects that explore innovation and the use of technological approaches in line with the new NHS drive for digital transformation and improvement in mental health support.

This funding opportunity is open to higher education providers who are in the ‘Approved (fee cap)’ category of the OfS Register as at 1 October 2020.

Other providers and external partners can be involved in proposals as part of a collaboration or consortium.

A total of £1 million is available for this fund.

Individual awards will be made at a minimum of £70,000 and up to a maximum of £200,000.

Applications should be submitted by the 7 December 2020 deadline.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Mental Health Funding Competition
    Office for Students (OfS)
    Finlaison House
    15–17 Furnival Street
    EC4A 1AB
    Tel: 0117 931 7317
    Email: [email protected]

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