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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

Comic Relief Launches Power Up: Resourcing Women’s and Girls’ Movements for Change

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Comic Relief has launched ‘Power Up: Resourcing Women’s and Girls’ Movements for Change’, an open funding programme to support women and girl’s movements in the UK as well as the countries it funds in Africa and Asia.

This open funding programme aims to support a diverse range of women’s rights organisations to fight against systems which perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives.

Comic Relief wants to find and support women and girl’s movements to seed, sustain and strengthen change in the countries in which it operates: the UK, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

The funding is intended to support the development of specific work (such as campaigns, advocacy and/or services) when it is part of long-term change. There is also interest in supporting work which helps movement constituents develop a common agenda for change, such as developing and sharing analytic frameworks, learnings and research, and work that is focussed on base building, such as growing membership and leadership, building/growing/supporting alliances and solidarity both between and within movements.

This fund is for women and girl led organisations only. Applications will be considered from locally-rooted women’s and girls’ movements that are working collectively towards a shared long-term goal.

The funding is available for three to five years. Grants range from up to £300,000 for single applicants or up to £500,000 for partnerships.

This is expected to be a competitive programme and Comic Relief does not expect to fund projects in every country in which the funding is offered.

There is a two-stage application process.

The deadline for first stage applications is 7 December 2018 (12pm).

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