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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

Health Lottery North East and Cumbria opens in parts of Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, and Cumbria - April 2019

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Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We're looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area, but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.    

We're also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.  

​Applying couldn't be easier. It's an online process with a step by step guide from start to finish.

Please note that to make sure our funds are distributed equally across Great Britain, sometimes we will restrict the areas that are eligible to apply.

​Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, Active Communities is currently open in the following areas:​                                                 

Health Lottery East - We are open in parts of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk (application deadline, 6 February 2019, 1pm)

Active Communities is opening soon in the following areas:

  • Health Lottery Scotland - We will open in parts of Glasgow City - February 2019

  • Health Lottery West Midlands - We will open in in parts of Birmingham - March 2019  

  • Health Lottery North East and Cumbria - We will open in parts of Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, and Cumbria - April 2019

Please note that these are our planned openings but due to the nature of how we get our funding, these openings are subject to change.    

Find out more

Use our handle: @Peoples_health and the programme hashtag: #ActiveCommunities

​People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities.


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