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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


Back2Business Grant Programme

01 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants available to ethnically diverse-owned small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions in the UK.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Maximum value:
£ 10,000
Application deadline:


Finserv have launched the Back2Business Grant Programme which awards grants to ethnically diverse-owned small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions.

Objectives of Fund

The Back2Business Programme is designed to help stabilise and grow small businesses in the UK, with business consulting services, and financial support for uses such as: employee payroll, rent or lease payments, operations equipment and resources.

Value Notes

Grants of £10,000 are available.

Each grant recipient will also be connected to local networking, support, and resources from community partners, such as the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its Black Business and Asian Business Associations.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible to apply, businesses must:

  • Be majority owned by a person from a diverse ethnic background.
  • Be located in the UK.
  • Have a revenue of less than £1 million annually.
  • Have been in business prior to January 2020.
  • Have 15 or fewer employees.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding can be used for a variety of functions including technology investment, premise re-design and payroll.



How To Apply

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 31 December 2021.

Applications can be made online via the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) website.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Association for Enterprise Opportunity
    1310 L Street NW
    Suite 830
    Washington, DC 20005
    Email: [email protected]


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