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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


Advance Notice of National Lottery Fund Platinum Jubilee Funding Programme.

Community Funding

25 November 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

To mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th (Platinum) Jubilee, The National Lottery Community Fund will make funding available to 70 projects across the UK.  They want to fund projects aligned to one or more of our three areas of focus:

1. Across Generations - Strengthening relationships between generations and creating a legacy for future generations. 

2. Community Renewal - Supporting new opportunities for people to develop skills and experiences in their local community, as well as opportunities to bring people together in new ways, and in new or different places and spaces. 

3. Our Shared Natural World - Deepening our care and action locally for the natural world.

Funded projects will need to be up and running by Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend on the 5 June 2022. We plan to make our final decisions on which projects to fund in Spring 2022. So, we would expect the projects we fund under this programme to start in Spring 2022 onwards.


Funding programme key facts:

  • Opens to applications on Wednesday 17 November 2021 and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 15 December, unless 700 applications are received sooner
  • Available UK wide but projects do not need to be operating across the UK
  • £3.5m is available and we’ll be offering grants of between £30,000 - £50,000 
  • 70 projects will receive funding
  • Funded projects will have up to 2 years to deliver their activities from award
  • Will not cover capital costs 


The Platinum Jubilee Fund will offer eligible groups funding for activities that meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Connects people across generations through doing activities together 
  • Makes use of significant local sites or spaces – parks, heritage buildings, community spaces etc.
  • Considers future generations and how the Jubilee can leave a legacy for them in the community
  • Creates new opportunities for the people that live locally to contribute and/or to build skills and experience
  • Starts something new (a set of activities, a group, a community space, a service, a network) that marks the Jubilee as a turning point in the community
  • Is designed and led by young people who want to be more active in shaping the future of their communities
  • Starts collective action in relation to the natural world locally - giving more people the opportunity to care for the planet at a local level


To help answer any questions groups may have about eligibility please contact [email protected].


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