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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 Funding for Social Firms Helping Disadvantaged into Employment

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Provided by UnLtd, the new Access to Employment Accelerator focuses on improving the employment opportunities of those individuals who are most distant from the labour market.

The scheme supports legally incorporated social businesses that are working to boost employment access for those who encounter significant barriers to work, including disabled people, ex-offenders and the homeless.

The programme offers six months’ intensive support from a dedicated Venture Manager and the opportunity to secure investment of up to £50,000 in repayable capital funding (loan or equity).

Business solutions that offer the most innovative ideas to improve access to employment can be funded. This includes training and support into employment or direct employment opportunities.

UnLtd has a particular focus on three key areas:

  • Ventures supporting disabled people into employment.

  • Ventures improving access to employment in the East End of London.

  • Ventures creating access to employment across the UK.

Legally incorporated, UK based social-purpose businesses may be eligible to apply. They must be committed to delivering a social impact, with a trading record of at least two years. The business must have at least one member of staff working full time.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 31 January 2020.

Full details of the fund and application process can be found at this link here. 

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