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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 Start-Up Costs for Community Led Housing

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The Start-Up Support Programme aims to help groups of local people to develop their own community led housing solutions. Funded by the Government, the grant programme is targeted to support the earliest stages of a community led housing group’s development and help community led housing projects at an early stage to explore options, to enable community led housing solutions to become a reality.

A total of £800,000 is available for this grants programme from February 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Grants are available for:

  • Seed Corn Costs - Community led housing groups who meet the programme criteria can apply for up to £4,000 to cover the early stage costs of getting a project off the ground.

  • Support Costs – Support grants can provide further funding to commission advice and support from community led housing advisors of up to £6,000, if this start-up support is not available through a local Community Led Housing Enabler Hub.

Groups can apply for both a Seed Corn Grant and a further Support Grant which means they can receive a total of up to £10,000 to support their work.

This is a rolling programme. It is open for applications from mid-February 2019 until mid-February 2020, or until all funding is committed, whichever is sooner.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Advice Line
    Community Led Homes
    7-14 Great Dover Street
    SE1 4YR
    Tel: 020 3096 7795
    Email: [email protected]

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