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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

New free guide to claiming Gift Aid published by the Charity Finance Group

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The Charity Finance Group has published a new free guide to claiming Gift Aid as part of activity for Gift Aid Awareness Day yesterday.

The Gift Aid Awareness Day Toolkit includes resources to help charities and their shops encourage donors to tick the Gift Aid box, which adds 25 per cent to the total value of donations.

Resources include posters, infographics and tweets urging donors to “tick the box”, and highlighting the £560m in Gift Aid that goes unclaimed every year.

Gift Aid Awareness Day

Several charities supported Gift Aid Awareness Day, including Cancer Research UK via its shops, Asthma UK and the Zoological Society of London.

Maximising donations through Gift Aid

CFG’s Gift Aid guide says: “Every small charity that regularly receives donations from individuals should register for Gift Aid so that they maximise the value of donations to their charity.”

It includes a Gift Aid declaration template, and emphasises that Gift Aid can be claimed by charities on donations from up to four years ago.

The guide explains there are three rules governing the types of donations, which charities can claim Gift Aid from:

  1. The donation must come from a donor’s own money.

  2. The donation must be money – cash, cheque, direct debit, electronic transfer; gifts in kind cannot be claimed against.

  3. Payments for a service or goods can not be used for a claim, although charities can claim Gift Aid on sales of donated goods, with the donor’s agreement.

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