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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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Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (CASSH)

10 December 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund was announced by the Department of Health in the White paper Caring for Our Future: Reforming Care and Support - White Paper published in July 2012.

The Fund is provided by the Department of Health, and administered by Homes England.

Objectives of Fund

The Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund aims to help support and accelerate the development of the specialised housing market.

The Fund will stimulate the specialised housing market across the country by:

  • Improving the appeal of specialised housing options available to individuals by increasing the variety, quality and number of housing units available, particularly for sale or shared ownership.

  • Supporting the supply of well-designed, affordable schemes including a specialist element.

  • Supporting new and innovative types of supported housing schemes that are designed to help deliver appropriate levels of care for local communities.

  • Supporting supply of specialist housing across the wider market.

  • Private market housing.

  • Improving joined-up working at a local level between local authorities, housing developers (private and affordable), health professionals, social services and local planners. This will result in a legacy of good practice and local analysis and assessment of need that can inform and sustain the development of specialised housing.

The Fund will be split into two phases:

  • Phase One - focussing on affordable housing.

  • Phase Two - focussing on the private market.

Value Notes

Over five years from 2013/14, £160 million capital funding will be made available. This funding may be supplemented by a further up to £80 million capital funding available in the first two years of the programme.

On 14 August 2018, the government announced an extra £76 million per year would be allocated to this fund to extend it until 2021.

Who Can Apply

Funding is available to all organisations who are, or intend to become, qualified as Homes England Investment Partners. This includes:

  • Housing associations.

  • Local authorities.

  • Private sector developers.

  • Community groups.

Organisations that are not already qualified as Investment Partners with Homes England will need to submit an application for qualification.

All schemes within the programme must complete by 31 March 2021.

How To Apply

Link to guidelines:

Useful information:

Applications to phase one must be submitted through Homes England’s Investment Management System (IMS). Providers who do not already have Homes England IMS account should email [email protected] to request a registration pack. For providers who are already Homes England IMS users there is no requirement to register for a separate IMS account.


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