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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


COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant: phase 2 - Closing date 3 July

25 June 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Closing date: 

3 July, 2020 - 13:00

*** UPDATE Due to the positive response and level of interest in this scheme we have decided to extend the deadline for new submissions to 13:00 on Friday 3rd July 2020.***

*** For micro-to-small-sized operations ***

*** To access an application form and full guidance documentation please complete your details below ***


The aim of the grant is to provide vital financial support to small not-for-profit (NFP) organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable.

This £1 million grant scheme is open to micro-to-small sized NFP operations that currently operate food redistribution activity. Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. The grant may be used to fund the eligible capital and revenue costs.

The grant can provide funding support to help deal with any increased demand and capacity issues, additional resource, or costs for transporting the surplus food from the food business to a charity or end beneficiary. We are unable to fund the likes of kitchens facilities for meal preparations, cooking, or onward giving of food through the likes of community stores, breakfast clubs, and soup kitchens.

Full details can be found at this link here.


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