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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


CAF Bank

03 June 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Flexible loans are available for UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations looking to sustain or grow their social impact.

Fund Information

Funding body:
CAF Bank
Maximum value:
£ 5,000,000
Application deadline:
None specified


CAF Bank is owned by the Charities Aid Foundation and provides financial services to charities and non-profit organisations in the UK.

Objectives of Fund

CAF Bank provides a range of business financial products including loans, current accounts and savings account.

The CAF Bank loan is to assist charitable and not-for-profit organisations with cash flow, a new project or property purchase.

Value Notes

Tailored loans of between £150,000 and £5 million, repayable over two to 25 years, are available. Social housing schemes may apply for loans of up to £9 million.

Loan amounts are subject to credit assessments.

Who Can Apply

Borrowers must be a UK-registered charity or not-for-profit organisation which has been operating for three years or more.

Applicants can be from any charitable sector, cause area or project.

Loans are subject to application and credit assessment. Security will be required.

Eligible Expenditure

The term loans are designed to help charitable organisations achieve their goals by financing capital projects, including:

  • Buying property or land.
  • Renovating or refurbishing buildings.
  • Building social or supported housing.
  • Acquiring or developing assets to help better support beneficiaries or service users.


United Kingdom

How To Apply

Applicants should initially contact the CAF Bank loan experts to discuss their needs. The CAF Loan Process Guide, which provides an overview of the steps involved in applying for a CAF Bank loan, is also available to download from the CAF Bank website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    CAF Bank
    25 Kings Hill Avenue
    Kings Hill
    West Malling
    ME19 4TA
    Tel: 03000 123444
    Email: [email protected]


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