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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

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner - Innovation Fund

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Grants are available to public, private and third sector groups for innovative projects that pilot new ways of working with at-risk groups, in order to reduce offending and re-offending and address the issues of domestic and sexual violence in Cumbria.

Objectives of Fund

The Innovation Fund supports at-risk groups and aims to reduce re-offending by providing wider public, private and third sector partners with the opportunity to work with the PCC.

The fund addresses a number of key areas:

  • Anti-social behaviour.

  • Alcohol related crime.

  • Youth justice.

  • Veterans.

  • Rural crime.

  • Domestic violence.

  • Sexual violence.

Value Notes

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available.

Applications are awarded annually; however, multi-year funding may be considered up to three years.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match-funding is not essential but preferred. This can include in-kind volunteering time, donations and own cash contributions.

Who Can Apply

Local voluntary and community groups, third sector organisations, and charitable public and private sector organisations can apply.

Priority will be given to groups that engage volunteers, work with other partners and aim to be self‐financing and sustainable beyond the short term.

Groups must demonstrate that their idea is new to Cumbria, or is a collaborative partnership involving one or more organisations.

How To Apply

Open to applications at any time.

There is a two-stage application process which is expected to last between two and four months:

  • Initial submission will be reviewed by officers of the OPCC.

  • Meeting with the panel to talk through the project.

Guidance notes and an application pack can be downloaded from the PCC's website.


Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Office of the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
    1-2 Carleton Hall
    CA10 2AU
    Tel: 01768 217734
    Email: [email protected]

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