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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

Small development charities can apply for DfID grants up to £50k

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Development charities with annual incomes of less than £250,000 are being urged to apply for grants of up to £50,000 from the Department for International Development.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund is open to small, UK-registered charities for projects running for up to two years and which focus on strengthening the capacity of grass-roots development organisations and work with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised.

The fund is looking for charities that carry out work in DfID’s priority countries towards achieving the global development goals.

The fund will particularly welcome applications for projects that work on securing better outcomes for widows, according to a DfID statement.

The SCCF is a rolling fund, with reviews of applications every six months. The next deadline is 5pm on Thursday 28 March 2019.

Further information and the scheme’s application form can be found here.

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