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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


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Deadline Nears for Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund (The Strategic Pathways Programme)

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The Strategic Pathways Programme is provided as part of the Government’s £10 million Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund and is being administered by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust on its behalf. The Fund is split into two separate programmes – Strategic Pathways Programme and Positive Pathways Programme – which together will help to achieve its overall aim of giving veterans better support, and more choice and control over their mental health and wellbeing care.

The programme has a total fund of up to £1 million for a small number of two-year, capacity-building and support projects, led by national organisations, which will aid smaller organisations providing direct support to veterans to connect their work and create better recovery pathways for veterans in the longer term.

Applications are accepted from registered charities or not-for-profit organisations in the UK, which are:

  • Large organisations experienced in running projects to support veterans with poor mental health.

  • Experienced in being part of, and developing, cross-sector pathways of care.

  • Able to work nationally.

  • Able to encourage, share learning and good practice; and act as a mentor.

  • Be able to help smaller organisations insert their activities into wider recovery pathways.

Eligible projects must be supporting smaller organisations that are being funded under the Positive Pathways Programme, which is due to open for applications in My 2019, and should:

  • Include assistance to the organisation in how to develop more effective links with recovery pathways.

  • Work with existing prominent recovery pathways to facilitate these connections.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 1 February 2019.

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