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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 to Promote Local Community Swimming in 2019

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The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme provides grants of between £300 and £2,500 to support innovative and sustainable projects which will help more people participate in and enjoy swimming and to make swimming more accessible.

Grants will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon 2019.

Applicants must demonstrate in their application how the funding will allow them to:

  • Introduce people to swimming who would otherwise not swim.

  • Increase the frequency that existing swimmers go to the pool.

  • Improve the swimming experience for new or existing swimmers.

Projects must take place at a Swimathon pool and have sign off from the Pool Manager or their delegated main contact for this project to take place.

Organisations including community groups, swimming clubs, senior groups, youth groups, sports clubs, disability charities, scout groups and healthy living groups in the UK are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is 2 April 2019.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Swimathon Foundation
    c/o Clintons
    55 Drury Lane
    Covent Garden
    WC2B 5RZ
    Email: [email protected]

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