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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

Education Endowment Fund Opens Summer 2019 Funding Round

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A new round of the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) general funding programme is now open to applications.

EEF will fund local authorities, academy sponsors, charities and other groups that bring forward innovative proposals to improve performance in the most challenging schools.

The overall objective of the programme is to break the link between family background and educational achievement, ensuring that young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations and make the most of their talents.

EEF are open to ideas on a range of topics. However, for Round 15 they are particularly interested in projects that maintain or improve pupil outcomes while reducing teacher workload. For example, this could include:

  • Approaches to marking and assessment that improve the efficiency of the process without decreasing its impact; or

  • Testing models of professional development that effectively influence teacher practice without requiring substantial teacher time.

EEF have funded a large number of trials on primary literacy teaching and as such will only consider new proposals in this area by exception, if they would generate significant contributions to the existing evidence base.

Eligible applicants are as follows:

  • Registered charities

  • Not-for-profit organisations

  • Individual schools and Clusters of schools

  • Teacher groups

  • Universities and Colleges

  • Academy chains

  • Mutuals and Co-operatives

  • Or any combination of the above.

The expected minimum grants size is £50,000.

The deadline for Summer 2019 Round 15 applications is 28 June 2019.


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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. General Enquiries
    Education Endowment Foundation
    9th Floor,
    Millbank Tower,
    21 – 24 Millbank,
    SW1P 4QP
    Tel: 0207 802 1676
    Email: [email protected]

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