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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

Government Announces Mutuals Support Programme 2 for Public Service Mutuals in England. Deadline date Friday 22 February 2019.

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The government is committed to supporting the development, growth and sustainability of mutuals throughout England.

With public services under pressure, the government is looking for new ways of delivering services that meet and exceed people's expectations and provide value for money to the taxpayer. Evidence demonstrates that the mutual model can be a viable alternative to delivering public services, compared to in-house or traditional outsourcing.

The government is delivering a programme of support for organisations in England considering becoming a Public Service Mutual. Organisations that wish to become or grow as mutuals can now apply for support with setting up or strengthening their operations. Advice is available across areas including legal, financial, marketing, human resources and business planning.

Organisations in England that wish to become or grow as Public Service Mutuals can now apply. The organisation must currently, or intend to, fulfil the government's definition of a Public Service Mutual, which is an organisation that:

  • has left the public sector (also known as ‘spinning out’);

  • continues to deliver public services and aims to have a positive social impact;

  • has a significant degree of staff influence or control in the way it is run.

The Mutuals Support Programme 2 is open for applications until 5pm on Friday 22 February 2019.

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