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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

Tech for Good Fund Accepting Applications

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Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation have joined forced again to provide a total of £2.4 million in funding over the next three years (2019-2021).

Grants of up to £48,000 are available for nine months. It is expected that 13 projects will be funded in the first round. In addition to the funding, grant recipients will receive expert support and advice as well as the chance to collaborate and share learning.

The grant can only cover expenditure incurred and activity done during the grant period (after August 2019).

The funding is for projects at any stage of development, with solid user-centred research, a clear problem to address, and a compelling digital solution to achieving this. The technology may be simple or cutting edge. The funding is for new products and services that can be shared with the wider not-for-profit sector. It is anticipated that most applicants will already have a digital development partner on board when they apply to help them deliver their project.

Projects should address one of Comic Relief’s four core issues:

  • Children Survive and Thrive

  • Global Mental Health Matters

  • Fighting for Gender Justice

  • A Safe Place to Be.

Comic Relief is also looking for applications that address challenges around disability and inclusion.

A wide range of digital initiatives that could lead to social change will be considered for the programme, but Comic Relief’s aim is to fund projects that:

  • Are focused on specific user needs in their design, delivery and development.

  • Make best use of existing technology.

  • Disrupt and challenge existing ways of delivering services.

  • Have a clear sustainability plan.

  • Are shareable with other parts of the non-profit sector.

Organisations planning to submit proposals using digital solutions to improve the safety of women and girls affected by domestic abuse will be able to apply to an issue-specific Tech vs Abuse programme which is expected to open for applications from April - June 2019.

Applications will be considered from not-for-profit organisation based and delivering services in the UK with an income of between £75,000 and £10 million. They must have a tech development partner on board at the time of application.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 25 March 2019.


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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Comic Relief
    89 Albert Embankment
    SE1 7TP
    Tel: 020 7820 2000
    Email: [email protected]


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