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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

Rosa’s ‘Voices from the Frontline’ Opens for Applications

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This is the fourth year that Rosa, a registered charity, is providing its ‘Voices from the Frontline’ grants programme which offers funding to support charitable advocacy work across Rosa’s four pillars of leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice.

This year, grants of between £500 and £5,000 (an increase from last year’s maximum grant of £3,000) are being made available to women’s sector voluntary and community organisations in the UK to pay for increasing the skills, capacity, credibility and effectiveness of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change.

Grants will be awarded for projects that:

  • Stimulate debate and amplify women’s voices.

  • Raise awareness of one or more of Rosa’s four pillars.

  • Influence the public, policy makers, media and/or government.

  • Change behaviours, attitudes or policies.

Organisations run predominantly by, for and with women can apply.

There is particular interest in proposals from women’s organisations that:

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including: marginalised populations, BME women, lesbian, bisexual or transgender women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, older women, homeless women, survivors of gender violence, women in prison and ex-offenders, and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women.

  • Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.

The funding will support a range of things including:

  • Contribution to staff costs or freelance fees to help run workshops with women with lived experience of injustice. Costs of hosting meetings or events, including facilitation costs.

  • Presentation, media or lobbying training to support campaigning, advocacy or activism.

  • Travel costs for meetings with power holders such as commissioners, local/national government or the media.

  • The cost of producing materials such as posters, infographics or videos.

  • Volunteer costs, including travel and childcare.

  • Travel costs for a service user and member of staff to speak at an event or national conference.

The deadline for grant applications is 14 May 2019 (5pm).

How To Apply

Round 4 applications are due by 5pm on 14 May 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 11 July 2019.

Guidance notes can be found on Rosa website.

Application is by way of a brief online application form as well as the submission of a three minute video application outlining how the funding will be used.

There are two "How to Apply" webinars for Round 4 to help applicants develop their video applications:

  • 27 March 2019 (11am to 12pm)

  • 30 April 2019 (12.30pm to 13.30pm)

Registration is required and can be done on Rosa's website

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Grants Team
    United House
    4th Floor
    North Road
    N7 9DP
    Tel: 020 7697 3466
    Email: [email protected]

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