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Grants and External Funding

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Open 4 Business Portal

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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


Grants and Funding

Isla Foundation – Immediate Impact Grants

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Grants are available for voluntary and community organisations, schools and PTAs, clubs and societies, and entrepreneurial individuals in the UK for small-scale, short-term projects that create a positive change in people’s lives and in their communities.

Carlisle DEFRA Community Grant

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Cumbria County Council have some small scale grants linked to DEFRA funding still available for community based projects and initiatives that will benefit the local area in terms of providing food and / or essential services in response to Covid 19.

Cumbria Business Growth Hub Business Support

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A single point of contact for all business support within the Cumbria Business Growth Hub region, providing advice and signposting based on individual business needs across a range of subjects, including innovation, exporting, accessing finance and training.

Cash for Kids - Cumbria and South West Scotland

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Grants are available to individuals, registered charities, sports clubs and voluntary and community organisations based in the CFM Radio broadcast area for projects that benefit children and young people who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect and are 18 years or younger.

Community Partnering Fund

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Grants are available for local third sector organisations and community groups in the areas served by Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid for projects that benefit those who are 'hard to reach' or vulnerable.

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