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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

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Grants and Funding News
10Dec

Interest-Free Loans for Community Spaces – December Deadline

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Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 over a five-year period are available to support charitable and not-for-profit organisations with viable business ideas that will benefit the whole community, particularly those facing greater challenges.

The loans are available to develop or increase trading activities to grow the applicant’s long-term sustainable income so they are more financially secure. There is flexibility on how the funding is to be used. It could be towards capital costs for building or refurbishment, revenue costs to pay staff who can develop trading activities, or for working capital while getting the trading activities started or waiting for other funding to be paid in arrears.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Own or manage a building or outdoor space that is used for a wide range of community activities.

  • Run the organisation for the benefit of the community and the environment, rather than for private profit. Groups that do not have charitable status, must have a constitution or governing document that shows their organisation is run for the benefit of the community.

  • Involve a wide range of local people in their work, including more disadvantaged members of the community.

  • Have realistic plans to develop trading activities that will grow their long-term income.

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2019. The Foundation will then evaluate and re-launch the programme in 2020.

Eligible Expenditure

The loans are available to develop or increase trading activities to grow the applicant’s long-term sustainable income so they are more financially secure. There is flexibility on how the funding is to be used. It could be towards capital costs for building or refurbishment, revenue costs to pay staff who can develop trading activities, or for working capital while getting the trading activities started or waiting for other funding to be paid in arrears.

How To Apply

The Foundation is closing their current investment offer to new applicants on 31 December 2019 in order to evaluate and re-launch the programme in 2020.

The first step is to submit an Expression of Interest form. This can be done at any time.

Eligible organisations will be contacted for a further discussion of their ideas.

If the funding is a good fit, and the organisation would like to proceed to the next stage, they will be asked to submit a full business plan and any relevant supporting documents.

The expression of interest form is available on the Co-op Foundation website.


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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Co-op Foundation Team
    Co-op Foundation
    9th Floor
    1 Angel Square
    Manchester
    M60 0AG
    Tel: 08437 519251
    Email: [email protected]

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