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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

Second Round of School Choices Funding Open to Applications

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The School Choices fund supports studies that look at how the different choices schools make lead to different outcomes. These studies examine the natural variation in the school system and use quasi-experimental designs to estimate the impact of different approaches. They will be funded when research questions are relevant to schools and experimental impact evaluations are not feasible.

Previous EEF studies of this type include:

The findings from these studies will inform the EEF’s messages to schools and policy makers, and the design of testable interventions in the future.

In this funding stream, EEF seeks proposals from research teams who can conduct the studies themselves. Applicants seeking funding to scale up a programme or intervention so that it can be independently evaluated should apply to the EEF’s next general funding round, opening in Spring 2020.

All applicants should demonstrate that their research question is salient to teachers and addresses a gap in the evidence base. Nine strategic priorities that are particularly interesting to the EEF are as follows:

Early years

  • What is the impact of different training routes/qualifications in the early years?


  • How does the length of the school day or breaktimes relate to pupils’ attainment, motivation and wellbeing?

  • How does the total amount of teaching time in different subjects affect outcomes?

Teacher retention and quality

  • How does the amount of time and money spent on CPD relate to outcomes?

  • What is the impact of different schools’ approaches to teacher retention?

  • How does the level of teachers’ subject-specific qualification relate to pupil outcomes?

  • What is the impact of subject specialist teaching in key stage 2, where teachers with subject expertise take responsibility for that subject?

  • Does the amount of time that senior teachers spend teaching compared to the time spent on non-teaching roles have an impact on pupil outcomes?


  • What is the impact of different whole-school approaches to behaviour?

Applicants must register via the EEF grants portal and complete the online form. Guidance on completing the form can be found in the application guidance notes.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2020.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications to the call for School Choices: Round 2 is 14 February 2020. This funding stream is not designed for programme developers seeking funding for evaluation.

Applicants must first register on the EEF Application System and complete the online form.

The EEF application process has three stages:

  • Application Stage 1. All applicants must begin by submitting an initial application form. Once the funding round closes, all applications are separately and individually reviewed by the EEF’s team of Grants Managers in order to identify a long-list of potential projects. Applications will be assessed by the EEF team on the basis of how well they match with the EEF’s funding criteria. The EEF Team will undertake further research and due diligence prior to making recommendations to the EEF’s Grants Committee, which will give initial approval to a smaller number of projects. We will then let all applicants know the outcome of their application, usually within 2-3 months of the closing date for applications. Applications that have progressed through the initial Grants Committee will proceed to Stage Two.

  • Application Stage 2. Projects that have received initial approval will then be progressed by our Grants and Evaluation teams. Independent evaluators will be appointed by the EEF. The applicant, the evaluator and the EEF will work together to develop a detailed project plan, evaluation design and budget, and the EEF will undertake further due diligence. This is also the stage at which we would look to discuss the potential for co-funding with strategic partners in addition to any co-funding you have already identified. This process also usually takes 2-3 months.

  • Application Stage 3. Once there are specific, costed plans for the project (and for its evaluation), the remaining applications will be taken to a second meeting of the EEF’s Grants Committee, which will recommend approval to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees then meets to give the projects final approval. We will then draw up a Grant Agreement with the new grantees which sets milestones to assure successful delivery of the project.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. General Enquiries
    Education Endowment Foundation
    9th Floor
    Millbank Tower
    21 – 24 Millbank
    SW1P 4QP
    Tel: 0207 802 1676
    Email: [email protected]

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