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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

Big Lottery Fund to Change Name in Early 2019

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The Big Lottery Fund, which distributes 40% of the good cause money raised by National Lottery players, has announced that from 30 January 2019 it will be called The National Lottery Community Fund. Last year alone the Big Lottery Fund gave out over half a billion pounds of National Lottery funding to community projects across the UK, benefiting more than 11,000 projects.

The Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, Dawn Austwick, explained that changing the name to The National Lottery Community Fund would makes it clearer what the organisation is and does and will support the long-term health of The National Lottery. Aligning the Fund’s name will help players understand the difference they make when they buy a ticket, underlining ambitions to see returns to good causes grow.

Commenting, Dawn Austwick said:

“Groups and charities use our funding, be it £500 or £500,000, to bring people together, make good things happen and help their communities to thrive. We want to make sure that as many people as possible understand who we are, what we do, and how National Lottery funding could help them make a difference in their community.

“That’s why we’re looking forward to starting 2019 – when we will also be celebrating The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday – as The National Lottery Community Fund.”

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