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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

Forces in Mind Trust

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Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to support Service or ex-Service men or women, or their families as they make the transition to civilian life within the UK.

The aim of the Forces in Mind Trust is to provide an evidence base that will influence and underpin policy making and service delivery in order to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.

Each year approximately 15,000 people leave the UK Armed Forces and for the vast majority they transition successfully into the civilian world, their lives having been enormously enriched by their time in service. However, some need additional support, and it is these most vulnerable people that Forces in Mind Trust exists to help.

The funding is intended to support serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in their transition to civilian life in the UK, for work that addresses the Trust’s area of interest and outcomes, which are:

  • Housing – Housing that provides the essentials of shelter, safety and support.

  • Employment – Engaged in employment of choice eg full/part time, self/not employed, volunteering, or a combination. (Education, qualifications and skills are considered here.)

  • Health and Wellbeing - A condition of physical and mental health and wellbeing, where any issues are appropriately identified, treated/managed.

  • Finance - Financially sustainable and resilient.

  • Criminal Justice System - Not in the criminal justice system.

  • Relationships - Supportive family, social and professional networks and relationships.

How To Apply

The Trust responds to unsolicited applications for grant awards, issues its own calls for work, and directly commissions research. Although in the first five years, the Trust awarded around 85% of its annual funds in reaction to applications, the Trust is now evolving towards the majority of its funds being awarded proactively.

There is a two-stage application process:

  • The first step is to email a cover letter outline of the applying organisation and a description of the project or research to be undertaken. This should be no more than sides of A4. Full details can be found in the guidance notes on the FiMT website.

  • Organisations whose application meet the Trust’s current objectives and priorities will be asked to complete a full application.

The Trust aims to respond to the initial application within three months of receipt.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. FiMT Executive Team
    Forces in Mind Trust
    Mountbarrow House
    6-20 Elizabeth Street
    SW1W 9RB
    Email: [email protected]

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