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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Aviva Community Fund - Cost of Living Boost (with Crowdfunding)

Cost of Living

21 September 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The £2 million Cost of Living Boost scheme is provided by Aviva plc, a British multinational insurance company headquartered in London, as part of its Aviva Community Fund. Aviva is the largest general insurer and a leading life and pensions provider.

Please note this is a match-funding initiative delivered in partnership with Crowdfunder and thus not a traditional grant scheme (funds awarded are conditional upon applicants first securing crowdfunding via Crowdfunder’s platform).

This new one-off funding is in recognition that the rising cost of living is putting extra strain on individuals, communities and the causes that support them.

The funding is for projects that address the Aviva Community Fund’s Financial Wellbeing category.

Aviva will match donations pound for pound up to £250 between 4 October and 31 December 2022 or until the entire £2 million is allocated.

For example, if a project receives a donation of £50, Aviva will donate £50. If a project receives a donation of £500, Aviva will donate £250.

Match funding will be given on the first donation made to the project by any supporter and not for repeat donations by any supporter.

All Or Nothing’ projects must reach their funding target by the target date to receive match funding.


How To Apply

The first step is for applicants to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder. Campaigns typically run for 28 days but take a few weeks to create so groups should allow about six weeks in total.

Full details and the online application can be found on the Aviva Community Fund crowdfunding page.

Applicants should read the full Terms and Conditions as well as the Eligibility Criteria before they start crowdfunding.


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