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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

GEM Road Safety Charity Grants Deadline 31 January 2019

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Funding body:

GEM Road Safety Charity

Maximum value:


Application deadline:


Objectives of Fund

The aim of the fund is to improve the safety of all road users throughout the country by making grants and providing financial assistance to support innovative road safety projects.

Value Notes

The Charity aims to support one or two projects annually with a total grant allocation in the region of £10,000.

Match Funding Restrictions

The Trustees encourage applications that seek match funding for partnership based road safety projects where the outcome of the project is greater than could be achieved by the GEM Charity grant alone.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from:

  • Community groups

  • Registered charities

  • Foundations

  • Professional bodies

  • Road safety organisations

  • Road safety partnerships

  • Schools

  • Universities.

Eligible applicants must be based in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.


UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man.


The charity will not award grants to projects that:

  • Do not demonstrate a road safety benefit to the wider community

  • Are from a political party

  • Are contrary to the relevant legislation regarding equal opportunities such as the Equality Act 2010.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for projects that:

  • Demonstrate a road safety benefit to the wider community at a regional or national level (very localised projects will be considered but are less likely to be successful due to their limited impact/reach).

  • Highlight a well-researched identified need and demonstrate a clear understanding of the road safety issue(s) to be addressed.

  • Demonstrate how the proposed project will be sustained over its lifetime and beyond.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in early April.

Guidelines and the online application form are available on the GEM Motoring Assist website.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Neil Worth 
    Clerk to the Trustees 
    GEM Road Safety Charity 
    GEM Motoring Assist 
    Station Road 
    Forest Row 
    East Sussex 
    RH18 5EN 
    Email: [email protected]

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