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Grants and External Funding

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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

Emergency Essentials Programme

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BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances. This Fund is administered by Family Fund Business Services.

This programme provides items for the most basic needs of vulnerable children and young people who may be:

  • Living in severe poverty and suffering deprivation as a result.

  • Affected by additional social issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse, estrangement, disability or serious illness, mental health or behavioural difficulties, abuse or neglect.

Value Notes

Where possible, items will be provided directly rather than awarding a cash grant.

Who Can Apply

Applications must be made through an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and is capable of assessing their needs, and that can also administer the grant.

The support is for the following:

  • Children aged under 18 years who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.

  • UK or EU citizens who are normally resident in the UK.

  • Where the child or young person's family do not have access to support and have insufficient resources to meet their needs.

  • Where a child or young person's family are experiencing poverty or destitution or are in receipt of a means tested benefits.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for critical household items as follows:

  • Electric cookers.

  • Furniture, kitchen equipment and small appliances.

  • Clothing.

  • Baby equipment.

  • Fridges and freezers.

  • Washing machines.

  • Tumble dryers.

  • Children's beds and bedding, including cots.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Applications should be made online at the Family Fund Business Services website. Applications can also be made by post, in exceptional circumstances.

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