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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

UnLtd Impact Fund

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Fund Information:

Funding body: UnLtd

Maximum value: £ 150,000

Application deadline: None specified

The Fund offers ventures:

  • a blended loan and grant financing package of between £50,000 and £150,000;

  • an unsecured business loan at an interest rate of 9.5%;

  • repayable over a maximum of five years;

  • support from an UnLtd venture support manager; an expert in supporting social ventures to scale.

The level of grant funding is, on average, 15% of the loan amount.

As well as financial support UnLtd can support social ventures to scale in a number of ways, including:

1-to-1 support

Bespoke support provided by experts. This support will be tailored to specific needs and appropriate to the stage of growth the social venture is at.

Expertise & networks

Access to paid for and pro bono support from specialists. Introductions and access to events to build collaborations with other organisations in the same sector. Access to Hogan Lovells legal support

Who Can Apply

Social ventures that have been established for more than three years, operating and looking to grow their impact within the employment sector in England may apply. The venture should be an incorporated voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation.

UnLtd defines social ventures as operating in the employment sector if they operate within:

  • School leavers and apprenticeships.

  • Further Education and Higher Education.

  • Unemployment and underemployment.

  • Supporting those distant from the labour market.

Location England.

How To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There is no deadline.

In order to apply, interested parties should complete an expression of interest. Successful applicants will be invited to complete a full application which will include submission of a financial model.

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