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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


Awards for All

25 October 2018/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

National Lottery Funding can help you to make a difference in your community. National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

Eligible Expenditure

The programme will fund projects/activities that meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Bringing people together and build strong relationships in and across communities.

  • Improving the places and spaces that matter to communities.

  • Enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Communities should be involved in the design, development and delivery of projects.

Examples of eligible costs include:

  • Training costs.

  • Volunteer expenses.

  • Staff costs.

  • Small capital projects.

  • Transport.

  • One-off events.

  • Equipment.

  • Utilities/running costs.

This is not an exhaustive list. Applicants are advised to contact the Big Lottery Fund with any queries about their project's eligibility.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time. 

Applications should be made online via the National Lottery Awards for All England page of the Big Lottery Fund website.

Applicants are advised to submit their applications at least 12 weeks before the start of their project to allow time for the assessment process.

The Big Lottery Fund aims to let applicants know the results of its decision within about 14 weeks of application.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries 
    Big Lottery Fund 
    Head Office 
    1 Plough Place 
    EC4A 1DE 
    Tel: 03454 10 20 30 
    Email: [email protected]


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