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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

Final Round of Strategic College Improvement Fund

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The Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF) is part of a broader strategy to ensure that England's further education (FE) colleges help learners develop the knowledge and skills that drive individual success, social mobility and economic prosperity.

SCIF will support colleges to deliver better outcomes for learners, employers and local communities. It will enable colleges to access resources that they need to improve their provision for students, including the best practice of other colleges, while at the same time mobilising and strengthening improvement in the FE sector.

The third and final funding round is now open to applications.

FE colleges and sixth-form colleges in England are eligible for funding.

Colleges must work with a partner college to undertake the programme of work that their application proposes.

It is expected that programmes will typically require a grant ranging between £80,000 and £200,000.

Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships, Anne Milton said:

"I’m absolutely thrilled that the Strategic College Improvement Fund has already supported 50 colleges to improve so they can provide their students with the best possible education.

"This is the last opportunity to secure funding from the SCIF, so I would urge eligible colleges to apply now."

The deadline for stage one applications is 29 March 2019. Stage two applications must be submitted by 26 April 2019.


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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Strategic Improvement Enquiries
    Department for Education (DFE)
    Email: [email protected]



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