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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

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to Focus Funding on Armed Forces Families

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According to the Trust, the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme will continue into its fifth year, but families will feature heavily in other funding to be made available through the Covenant Fund.

Explaining further, Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Director of Policy Sonia Howe said:

“The Armed Forces Covenant Fund has four broad funding themes now and in future years.

“Removing barriers to family life is one of the four priorities of the Armed Forces Covenant, and there has been some significant support for families, particularly through the Families in Stress programme.

“But we know that there is more need out there; and we are looking at developing programmes to support Armed Forces families in their broadest sense, both serving and veteran families, and families from Foreign and Commonwealth countries.

“We are also thinking about the needs of young people from Armed Forces Families.”

In the meantime, groups that are seeking funding for local community integration projects that support the local Armed Forces community can apply to the Local Grants Programme at any time until 2 December 2019.

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

  1. Enquiries
    Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
    7 Hatherley Street
    SW1P 2QT
    Email: [email protected]

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