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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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National Lottery Heritage Fund Announces New Strategy and New Funding Programme

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), known as the Heritage Lottery Fund until the end of January, has published its five-year Strategic Funding Framework (2019 to 2024) which includes its new funding programme that is currently open for applications.

Over the next five years, NLHF plans to distribute more than £1 billion with 80% of that money being distributed by devolved committees in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the three new English areas of North, Midlands & East, and London & South.

NLHF’s new approach includes:

  • A major focus on nature, communities, and on ensuring everyone is able to enjoy heritage.

  • New models of investment, moving beyond grants to include loans and partnerships, designed to attract others to invest money alongside the National Lottery.

  • More support for commercial, sustainable approaches to tackling heritage that is in danger of being lost.

  • Investment and support to help heritage organisations to be more financially sustainable.

  • A requirement for every heritage project that receives funding to be environmentally friendly.

  • Simpler, streamlined and more efficient funding.

  • Greater engagement and support to help 13 deprived communities that have in the past been less successful securing funding.

  • Continued support for large-scale, iconic projects over £5 million.

Organisations that are seeking funding for heritage projects can apply now to the new National Lottery Grants for Heritage funding programme. This is an open programme for all types of heritage projects in the UK, including local, regional and national heritage. Grants range from £3,000 to £5 million and match funding is required for the larger grants.

Applications will be considered from:

  • Non-profits and partnerships led by non-profit organisations for grants of £3,000 to £5 million.

  • Private owners of heritage for grants of up to £100,000.

  • Partnerships led by commercial organisations (for the purposes of achieving economic growth) for grants of £250,000 to £5 million.

Applications can be made at any time for grants of between £3,000 and £100,000. Decisions will be made within eight weeks.

Applications for grants exceeding £100,000 have quarterly deadlines.

The 2019 deadlines 5 March, 28 May, 20 August and 19 November 2019.

Details on other new funding areas will be provided later in 2019.

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