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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.


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Business and Financial Support for Black and Minoritised Communities in England

16 June 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

This programme enables charities, voluntary sector organisations, and social enterprises led by and working with Black and Minoritised communities to grow financial resilience and impact by providing a mix of grant and learning support to help get enterprise ideas off the ground.

Applicants who are accepted onto the programme will work collaboratively with Ubele Initiative, a programme partner, to determine what they need to progress their ideas and build the resilience of their organisation.

Co-designed packages of financial and business include some or all of the following:

  • Access to a bespoke learning package co-designed by the applicant and Ubele Initiative, the sector-lead.
  • Grants of up to £30,000 to research or test out new ideas, to launch new enterprises or grow existing ones.
  • Extensive peer-learning and networking opportunities.
  • Access to a team of pro bono legal experts to provide information and guidance with the legal considerations of trading.
  • Invitations to conferences on enterprise development and social investment within the wider charitable sector.

Applications will be accepted from legally constituted charities, voluntary sector organisations, or social enterprises which have been operating as a registered company/charity for at least two years, with a clear social mission, and at least 70% of the board of trustees and at least 51% of senior staff from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.

Commenting, The Ubele Initiative’s Founder and Director Yvonne Field said:

“The Black and Minoritised Communities Enterprise Development Programme (BMEDP) is a necessary response to an urgent need for longer term strategic enterprise-led interventions to the Black and Minoritised VCSE sector.”

There is a two-stage application process.

The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 6 July 2021 (midday).

How To Apply

Online application forms can be accessed on the Enterprise Development Programme website.

There is a two-stage application process.

  • Stage 1 application forms ask applicants to explain their organisation's mission, provide details about their leadership and provide a top-line explanation on their proposed trading activity.
  • Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to complete a Stage 2 application, which must be submitted by 2 July 2021.

Contact Social Investment Business or the Ubele Initiative for further information.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. SIB Team
    Social Investment Business
    CAN Mezzanine Borough
    7-14 Great Dover Street
    SE1 4YR
    Tel: 020 3096 7900
    Email: [email protected]
  2. Steve Conway
    The Ubele Initiative
    Wolves Lane Horticultural Centre
    Wolves Lane
    N22 5JD
    Tel: 07591 457113
    Email: [email protected]
  3. Yvonne Field
    Founder and CEO
    The Ubele Initiative
    Wolves Lane Horticultural Centre
    Wolves Lane
    N22 5JD
    Tel: 07591 457113
    Email: [email protected]


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