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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 EdTech Demonstrator Schools and Colleges Programme

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The Department for Education (DfE) is looking to identify Demonstrator schools and colleges who are using technology effectively, and who are keen to share their experience and support other providers. This may include offering support and guidance on the effective use of technology to help reduce teacher workload, help create efficiencies, improve accessibility and inclusion, and ultimately support excellent teaching and learning.

Demonstrators will be expected to support a broad network of other schools and colleges through a mix of activities, which should include the provision of advice, guidance and training. As a minimum, Demonstrator schools and colleges should:

  • Show evidence of impact of their own technology use and capacity to help others

  • Support other schools and colleges to use the technology already available to them more effectively to help address the challenges they face

  • Support schools and colleges on the strategic implementation of technology, including how technology can support back-office systems to support increased efficiency, teacher flexibility, workload reduction and improved accessibility and inclusion

  • Support meeting the needs of teachers and pupils and support improved outcomes.

A third-party delivery partner will work with the Department to ensure that the Demonstrators are supported at a national level. The delivery partner will work collaboratively with Demonstrators from project inception through to evaluation and project closure.

Eligible applicants must be a state funded provider of primary, secondary or 16 to 19 programmes of education.

Grants of between £75,000 and £150,000 available to support the delivery of this programme. The aim is to fund at least two Demonstrators within each region across the country.

The level of funding made available to each Demonstrator will vary depending on the intensity of proposed activity and number of schools/college each provider will support.

If you applicants have any questions regarding the programme or application process, DfE will be running Q&A webinars on the following dates:

Applicants wishing to attend can register for these sessions via Eventbrite.

The deadline for EOI applications is 22 November 2019.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. EdTech Team
    Department for Education (DfE)
    Email: [email protected]

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