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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

Safeguarding Training Fund Opens for Phase 2

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The £1.14 million Safeguarding Training Fund is part of a wider Government strategy to improve safeguarding practice across the voluntary sector in England. Phase one of the fund is currently supporting the ‘Safer Social Sector Partnership’ led by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) to design a national and generic online safeguarding training package - suitable for all charities big and small - to improve safeguarding/safe culture practice.

Phase two aims to make all charities and voluntary organisations in England aware of the importance of safeguarding/safe culture and to ensure they have access to the phase one materials.

It is expected that between five and ten of those organisations will receive grants ‘in the region of £50,000 to £115,000’ to support the distribution of phase 1 materials, promote and champion safeguarding/safe culture, and enable local networking and self-support.

There is a particular interest in VCSEs with the reach to support organisations less likely to have an awareness of safeguarding. This includes small, volunteer-led organisations, organisations in remote and rural areas, organisations not primarily working with vulnerable adults or children and organisations working in communities with multiple levels of deprivation.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest for Phase 2 is 23:59 on 21 July 2019.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    National Lottery Community Fund (Big Lottery Fund)
    1 Plough Place
    EC4A 1DE
    Tel: 0345 4 10 20 30
    Email: [email protected]

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