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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

Funding for School-Led Equality and Diversity Projects

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The Equality and Diversity Fund supports schools to develop local solutions that help teachers covered by at least one of the protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010 progress into leadership.

Last year, the Department for Education (DfE) invited lead schools to apply for grant funding in 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020. Funding was awarded to lead schools covering each of the 8 regional school commissioner (RSC) regions.

Regional hub lead schools are responsible for allocating funding to individual school-led projects and for co-ordinating the fund across their region.

State-funded schools in England can apply to their regional hub lead school for funding for individual projects.

Schools applying for funding must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Achievement of outstanding or good for overall effectiveness by Ofsted in their most recent inspection

  • Project will offer leadership development activity for teachers covered by at least one of the protected characteristics.

Teachers at any stage in their career can also apply for funding for a place on a project.

Schools who would like to apply for funding for an individual project should apply directly to the regional hub lead school. These schools have obtained a grant to help them increase the diversity of senior leadership teams in England’s schools.

Each regional hub lead school will run their own application rounds and dates may vary by region.

All individual projects should be completed by the end of summer term 2020.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. College Diversity
    National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
    Ministerial and Public Communications Division
    Department for Education
    Piccadilly Gate
    Store Street
    M1 2WD
    Tel: 0370 000 2288
    Email: [email protected]

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