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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


BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

10 December 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding for the purchase of essential items to meet the most basic needs of children and young people in the UK who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances.

Value Notes

Where possible, items will be provided directly rather than awarding a cash grant.

Who Can Apply

Applications must be made through an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and is capable of assessing their needs, and that can also administer the grant.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for critical household items as follows:

  • Electric cookers.

  • Furniture, kitchen equipment and small appliances.

  • Clothing.

  • Baby equipment.

  • Fridges and freezers.

  • Washing machines.

  • Tumble dryers.

  • Children's beds and bedding, including cots.

Support may also be available for vulnerable low income families have been affected by the recent severe floods.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time and will normally be processed within 10 working days.

Applicants should contact Family Fund Business Services by email and only if it is absolutely necessary to do so. Applicants should not contact Family Fund Business Services by telephone due to the coronavirus situation.

Applications should be made online at the Family Fund Business Services website. Applications can also be made by post, in exceptional circumstances.

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