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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

Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Act for Change Fund

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Objectives of Fund

The fund provides resources to organisations supporting young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to the issues they are experiencing.

Value Notes

Grants in the range of between £20,000 and £100,000 over two years are available.

It is expected that a total of around 30 organisations will receive support through this programme.

Larger grants will be considered on an exceptional basis.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit organisations can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must

  • Be an organisation based in the UK working primarily with beneficiaries in the UK.

  • Be requesting funding for legally charitable activities.

  • Have an annual income of between £25,000 and £5 million.

  • Have a written constitution that allows them to carry out their work.

  • Be working with young people experiencing disadvantage, injustice or inequality, or young people who are under-resourced or underserved.

  • Be working with young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years.

Organisations working in partnership are welcome to apply.

How To Apply

There is a two-stage application process.

  • Stage one includes an eligibility quiz and some qualifying questions which need to be submitted by Monday 1 April 2019.
  • Stage two is for applicants that have been notified that they were successful at stage one. They will need to submit a more detailed application form by Monday 3 June 2019.

The online application form, guidance notes, and other documents are available on the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Paul Hamlyn Foundation
    5-11 Leeke Street
    WC1X 9HY
    Tel: 020 7812 3300
    Email: [email protected]

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