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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Comic Relief Community Fund for England Invites 2021 Applications

28 September 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Not-for-profit organisations across England can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to be used for projects that fit with one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive and Thrive – ensuring every child has the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice – tackling gender-based violence, inequality and exploitation.
  • A Safe Place to Be – supporting those who have been displaced to access secure housing and feel settled in their new homes.
  • Mental Health Matters – helping people experiencing poor mental health to access appropriate support and live free from stigma and discrimination.

Funding will be split as follows:

  • £1,000 for capacity building activities including those which strengthen operations, improve governance and help to better understand beneficiary needs.
  • £9,000 to deliver projects which align with the programme’s strategic themes. This could include activities for women and girls to help them make healthier choices, training to help parents and carers support their children’s development, supporting people with mental health issues or setting up a peer support network for people experiencing homelessness.

Organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £250,000 to apply.

How To Apply

This is a three-year fund with three application rounds:

  • Round 1 is currently open with a deadline of 29 November 2021. Panel meetings are expected in February 2022.
  • Round 2 will open in March 2022 and close in June 2022. Panel meetings are expected in September 2022.
  • Round 3 will open in October 2022 and close in January 2023. Panel meetings are expected in March 2023.

Please note the fund may close earlier than the deadline if sufficient applications are received before the date.

The first step in the application process is to complete an online Eligibility Checker. Eligible groups will then be given a link to the online application form.

Full guidelines and the Eligibility Checker can be found on the Groundwork website.

Groups can contact Groundwork UK if they have questions about the programme or the application process.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Tel: 0121 237 5800
    Email: [email protected]

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