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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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Comic Relief Invites Applications to Global Majority Fund

04 November 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The funding is made possible by Comic Relief working in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust (NET), Barclays and the Clothworkers’ Foundation.

Approximately £2.1 million is available to make and manage grants of between £150,000 and £250,000. It is expected that between 10 and 15 investments will be made. Funding is available for up to 18 months.

Selected intermediary technical partners will be responsible for making grants to other organisations focussed on addressing Covid-19 needs and priorities among communities experiencing racial inequality.

The following are some examples of what the funding might support (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Support the ongoing needs of communities who have elevated risk factors which increase their vulnerability to Covid-19.

  • Support activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision, or compliment their response.

  • Groups and activities that support people who are self-isolating (older people, people with pre-existing medical conditions, etc.)

  • Immediate response interventions such as foodbanks or other hardship funds caused by Covid-19.

  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the crisis.

  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community.

  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support.

Applications will be accepted from legally constituted groups and organisations with an annual income of at least £75,000.

The deadline for applications is midday on 30 November 2020.

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