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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

Funding to Improve Veterans Community Centres in the UK

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This £3 million funding programme is offering grants to Armed Forces charities with an existing building that requires refurbishment.

The funding is intended to help meet a wide range of legal requirement for community centre venues used by veterans. Funding for renovation and refurbishment is a prime concern, especially for older venues that are difficult to bring into line with modern legislation. A community centre should aim to provide a clean, warm, safe and well-maintained facility that meets equality of access and health & safety standards. It should include a main hall, a meeting room, a kitchen, toilets, storage space, sufficient equipment, recycling facilities and appropriate car parking facilities.

There will be three funding rounds. Applications for grants of up to £30,000 can be made during each round whereas grants for up to £150,000 can only be made in the third round. These larger grants are for more complex projects, and it is mandatory that applicants discuss their project with the funder.

Applications will only be accepted from Armed Forces organisations that are registered charities or community interest companies (CIC).

The grants are to be used for capital expenditure, including general repairs, plumbing upgrades, electrical work, new fixtures, updating technology, building work and equipment, and any fees or professional advice required to undertake the works (plus VAT).

Pre-application phone calls for the larger grants can be made from 21 January until 27 September 2019.

The first deadline for applications for the smaller grants is 11 March 2019.

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