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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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Community Organisations Invited to Apply to New Fund to Help Reduce Loneliness in England

06 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The first round of a new national funding programme to help VCSE organisations bring people and communities in England together as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic is open for applications.

The programme will have two funding rounds, with a total of £2 million available for each round.

In the first round, grants of between £300 and £2,500 are available which can be used to:

  • Build relationships in and across communities to help reduce loneliness and build connections between people and communities.

  • Bring together organisations who are working on social connections to celebrate their work, share learning and best practice, and form/bring together peer networks.

This is to help make:

  • People and communities feel more connected.

  • Individuals feel supported and less lonely or isolated.

  • People more aware of services available that help them to connect with others and get involved.

  • Organisations learn from each other.

Grants can be used for a number of purposes including staff salaries, volunteer expenses, management costs, overheads, small-scale equipment and small-scale venue improvements.

Grants for round one must be spent and projects completed by 31 March 2021.

Applications will be accepted from constituted VCSE organisations that serve communities within England.

How To Apply

There will be two funding rounds, one in January 2021 and one in summer 2021.

Applications for Round 1 open on 5 January 2021 and close on 26 January 2021.

Guidelines and the online application form are available from the National Lottery Community Fund website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    National Lottery Community Fund
    Head Office
    1 Plough Place
    EC4A 1DE
    Tel: 028 9568 0143
    Email: [email protected]


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