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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

2019 Round of Armed Forces Covenant Fund Local Grants Programme Now Open

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Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community in the UK and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Local Grants Programme is administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and is provided through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, which has £10 million available each year to support projects that address the Trust’s funding priorities.

Eligible Local Grants projects must:

  • Help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or

  • Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

Applications are invited from registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unit Identification Number).

All organisations should:

  • Have experience and a track record of working with the armed forces community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the armed forces community.

  • Be able to provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working - with either an armed forces charity or an armed forces unit.

  • Understand the local need for the project they want funded (eg be able to provide examples of what they have already been doing, to demonstrate this need, or describe consultation that has taken place, or give some quotes from individuals or groups who have expressed their interest).

  • Work closely with their Local Covenant Partnerships to ensure projects that are properly connected locally, respond to recognised need and do not duplicate other provisions.

Applications can be submitted at any time until 2 December 2019 (9am) and will be reviewed quarterly.


Useful links

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

GOV.UK - Covenant Fund

Addresses and contacts

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

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
7 Hatherley Street
E-Mail: [email protected]
Calls and deadlines

Information on future calls is indicative only and may be subject to change.

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