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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


Barclays’ 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme Re-Opens

14 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Following on from its initial programme last year, in which Barclays awarded 100 grants of £100,000 each to UK registered charities, Barclays has extended the programme to make 50 grants of £100,000 available to UK registered charities with an income exceeding £1 million.

Barclays is seeking UK based charity partners who can show their work is positively impacting people in the UK communities where Barclays has a presence.

The funding is intended to support communities as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the following four priority areas:

  • Help for people experiencing physical and mental health issues.
  • Financial assistance for people facing financial hardship.
  • Support for ethnically diverse communities disproportionately impacted by the crisis.
  • Enhancing digital accessibility.

Applicants will need to:

  • Demonstrate a track record and ability to deliver impactful, on-the-ground support to directly meet the needs of vulnerable communities facing social and economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Articulate how funding from Barclays will be deployed to meaningfully support/boost their work.
  • Meet the immediate needs of vulnerable communities, in at least one of the four focus areas listed above.
  • Be able to use the funds within 12 months of receipt of the donation.
  • Demonstrate positive outcomes from their programmes through high-level impact metrics.
  • Effectively run the charity to ensure a sound financial position.


How To Apply

Applications to this second round will be accepted from 12 July 2021 until 6 August 2021 (6pm).

The criteria/guidelines, frequently asked questions, and online application form can be found on Barclays website.

Shortlisted organisations will be invited to complete the full Barclays due diligence process to confirm their formal eligibility to receive the funding. Once all governance is complete and has been approved, the donation will be confirmed in writing.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Community Aid Package Enquiries
    Barclays Bank Plc
    1 Churchill Place
    E14 5HP
    Tel: 0300 462 515
    Email: [email protected]


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