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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.


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Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage - Round Two to Open in Early January

06 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The funding is for cultural and heritage organisations in England to make the transition from lockdowns and social distancing to resume business activity and welcome visitors back to the country’s diverse heritage sites starting in April 2021.

Applications will be accepted from heritage organisations in England that are at risk of no longer trading viably this financial year.

There is a total funding pot of £36 million for round two. Grants of between £10,000 and £3 million are to be used to cover the period from 1 April 2021 to 31 June 2021 only.

The funding can cover any costs associated with shortfalls in income during the April to June period whilst working towards restarting normal operations or business.

This shortfall may be costs incurred as part of operations and business, including:

  • Staffing

  • Overheads

  • Marketing

  • Heritage activities

  • Maintenance of buildings and land, equipment and services

In addition to ongoing costs, there may be additional “one-off” costs associated with restarting and these costs can include:

  • Rehiring or recruiting staff

  • Contracting freelancers

  • Purchasing or installing essential COVID-19 related equipment, and stabilising heritage that is at immediate risk, for example, scaffolding or urgent minor conservation work (up to a maximum of 20% of the amount applied for)

  • Repaying or clearing COVID-19 related debt incurred since 1 October 2020.

Two free webinars will be held on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 January to discuss the fund's criteria and answer any queries. There are a limited number of tickets and groups should not wait to register. Registration is via Ticket Source

Grant applications will be accepted from 7 January 2021 until 21 January 2021.

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