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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Cumbria Community Foundation Grants

23 September 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Cumbria Community Foundation exists to address disadvantage by making life-changing grants and promoting philanthropy. We are also here to respond to emerging need, having managed four disaster appeals as well as the recent Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund.

We provide philanthropic services to individuals, families and organisations and manage more than 100 grant making funds, supporting more than 500 community projects per year on behalf of our fundholders. Since 1999, we have invested more than £50m into almost 4,000 groups and 8,000 individuals.

We provide a simplified approach to effective charitable giving. As one of the UK’s leading, accredited community foundations, we have the expertise and local knowledge to help individuals, families, companies, charitable trusts and public-sector bodies invest in their communities.

Our funds have been created by our donors and each have their own criteria or area of interest. Most support locally based community and voluntary groups and a number of funds also support individuals.

The application form is the same for most of our funds. We will decide which fund best fits your application.

Most of our grants panels meet every 10 weeks. Please make sure you submit your paperwork well in advance, and at least three months before your project start date, as we are unable to fund activities which have already started. Check the application deadline dates prior to submitting your application.

Please make sure you read each of the fund guidelines carefully and review whether you are eligible before applying and take a look at our FAQs if you have an queries.

If you want to apply to a particular fund it is important that you read the criteria on the Fund pages very carefully before applying to make sure you are eligible.

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