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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


Community Businesses in England Can Apply Now to the New Powering Up Programme

Business Funding

12 November 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding for community businesses who are currently seeking support for digital skills that could help their business develop and grow.

Power to Change’s new Powering Up programme will run over a four-year period with multiple rounds of funding.

The initial phase of the programme is focused on community businesses looking to learn how digital skills could help their business develop and grow. Other support areas will be included in the programme during 2022.

It is anticipated that up to 25 community businesses will receive a tailored support package worth up to £20,000 in total which includes:

  • Paid access to support providers (up to £9,000) who are brokered in to meet the specific needs of their community businesses over a 12-month period.
  • Professional development and wellbeing support (up to £3,000) such as leadership coaching, peer mentor, and mental health support. This support can be drawn down over the 12-month period of support.
  • An £8,000 unrestricted grant to support community business leaders, and their team, to engage in the required support of the programme. This could be to cover their time, back fill a post, purchase essential equipment, or cover other expenditure that enables growth of their community business.

Applications will be considered from locally rooted community businesses that are registered and operating in England. They need to be incorporated, trading for at least 12 months, and seeking support to improve how their business uses digital to develop and grow.

Priority will be given to community businesses in the most deprived areas of England, as well as organisations that are led or predominantly working in communities with a high percentage of minoritised ethnicity.

The application window for the first round runs from 10 November to 13 December 2021.


How To Apply

The application window for the first round runs from 10 November to 13 December 2021.

Successful applicants will be informed on a rolling basis. It is anticipated that up to 25 community businesses will be supported in this round.

The guidelines, online eligibility checker, and a recording of an introductory webinar along with complete details of what the application process entails can be found on the Powering Up website.

Organisations that need assistance in completing their application form can contact the Community Business Connectors by email.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Community Business Connectors
    Power to Change
    The Clarence Centre
    6 St George’s Circus
    SE1 6FE
    Tel: 020 3857 7270
    Email: [email protected]

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