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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

National Emergencies Trust launches as domestic version of DEC

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The National Emergencies Trust, which launched on the 7 November, is an independent charity that will act as a domestic version of the Disasters Emergency Fund by coordinating support for emergencies in England and Wales.

The National Emergencies Trust will collaborate with other charities and bodies to raise and distribute funds as well as deliver support to those affected by domestic disasters.

Like the DEC, it aims to provide a single point of contact for people to donate to, and to approach for support. It will work with local distribution partners such as community foundations and local charities to get help to where it is needed efficiently, currently for emergencies in England and Wales. It will be funded by donations.

The Trust’s creation has come about as a result of 2017’s Manchester bombings and Grenfell Tower fire. Following these emergencies the Charity Commission consulted with the charity sector on how to better respond to national emergencies, developing the Fund as a result.

Its CEO is Jonathan Herriman, recently CEO at Greenhouse Sports and a Global MBA tutor with the Open University Business School. He has more than 30 years’ experience of developing strategy and delivering operations, as well as supporting civil contingency infrastructure and capacity building in the UK and overseas.

Richard Dannatt is the Chair of the Trust’s Trustee Board.  He is a former British Army Chief of the General Staff, Constable of The Tower of London and Chair of the Royal Armouries, and President of Help for Heroes. Gerald Oppenheim, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator, is the Deputy Chair. 

Source: UKFundraising 

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