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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

The Big Lottery Fund changes its name today

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From today Tuesday 29th January 2019 The Big Lottery Fund will be known as The National Lottery Community Fund. 

'From next Tuesday 29th January 2019 we will be known as The National Lottery Community Fund. If you do continue a conversation with us, you will notice our new email address and visual identity reflecting this change.

Our new emails will come up as: [email protected] 

Our new website will be 

We have been developing our strategy, People in the Lead, since 2015. During this time, we have made many successful changes to the way we work. The latest step in this journey has been to look at how we can visibly demonstrate that The National Lottery and the communities we support are at the heart of what we do.

As a result, we have decided to change our name, logo and visual identity at the start of a year that also celebrates 25 years of The National Lottery and the amazing impact the funding has across the UK.'

Dawn Austwick

Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund

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