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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


Arts Council England Invites Applications for Grants to Promote Volunteering

Young People Funding

22 November 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding for partnerships in England to create and enhance volunteering opportunities for young people and those facing social disadvantage.

Volunteering Futures is a time limited priority forming part of the wider National Lottery Project Grants Programme, set to open on 22 November 2021.

There is a total funding pot of £4.7 million available, with groups able to apply for grants of £100,001 and above.

Applications will be accepted from community and cultural organisations across England. Consortia and partnership bids comprising a diverse range of organisations are encouraged.

Projects should:

  • Seek to create or build on partnerships between arts and cultural organisations, heritage, sport and physical activity, youth and other community sectors.
  • Create significant numbers of volunteer opportunities in projects focused on creativity and culture.
  • Improve access to volunteering.
  • Support young people and individuals who face barriers to volunteering.
  • Create a demonstrable, lasting benefit for participating groups and communities, especially those heavily impacted by the pandemic.
  • Explore, expand or scale innovation in volunteering practice that may have emerged during the pandemic.
  • Involve the voice of volunteer participants in project planning and decision-making as well as delivery.
  • Consider supporting wider opportunities for participants to progress into other roles, further education, apprenticeships or employment in creativity and culture.
  • Consider the long-term sustainability of the activities and partnerships create.
  • Generate, and share good practice widely.

Activities must start no earlier than 1 April 2022 and finish no later than March 2024.

Expressions of Interest will be open from 22 November 2021 to 7 December 2021.


How To Apply

The application process is as follows:

  • Organisations should first complete an eligibility quiz before proceeding to the Expression of Interest.
  • Expressions of Interest will be accepted from 22 November to 7 December 2021.
  • Those who are successful will be invited by 20 December to submit a full application by 24 January 2022. Applications are to be made using Arts Council England’s online system, Grantium.

For more information and full guidance notes, visit the Arts Council England website.

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Arts Council England
    The Hive
    49 Lever Street
    M1 1FN
    Tel: 0161 934 4317
    Email: [email protected]

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