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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


Cumbria CVS Focus on Funding Update - 18th May 2021

20 May 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Please find attached your Weekly Cumbria CVS ‘Focus on Funding’ Update.

Happy highlights include:-

Tesco Community Grants for local good causes that focus on supporting children and families.

Pink Ribbon Foundation – to breast cancer charities that assist people affected by breast cancer and organisations that work on breast cancer research and prevention.

Thomas Wall Trust - Digital Skills 2021 Grants Programme for specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills in order to increase employment prospects.

The Finnis Scott Foundation for charities working in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as fine art and art history.

Sport England - Toyota Parasport Fund for existing clubs and organisations to support disabled people as they return to previously run activity (or to enable previous projects to resume delivery) when COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.

Black and Minoritised Communities Enterprise Development Programme for charities and social enterprises working with Black and Minoritised communities to make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones.

TwinklHive's National Scholarship Fund programme for UK digital entrepreneurs aged 18 to 24 in the form of financial assistance and mentoring to help them launch and grow their own technology-enabled business venture.

Gosling Foundation for projects related to social welfare, advancement of religion or education or other purposes beneficial to the community.

Hedley Foundation for smaller charities operating across the spectrum of social need.

Creative Industries Fund: Fast Start Business Growth Pilot Competition – UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative sector can apply for a package of support to grow their business.  This package includes ongoing support from Innovate UK EDGE and funding of up to £25,000 for innovation projects.

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Local School Grants to Support Learning in Nature for schools in UK to fund outdoor learning training and equipment.

Youth Communities Enterprise Development Programme – Opening in the Spring.


Focus on Funding Forum – Social Enterprise Special – Friday 4 June 2021, 10.30-12.30

A monthly funding forum for you to learn from specialists and connect with others in the third sector.

There are some amazing social enterprises in Cumbria providing diverse and vital services and some newly emerging community groups considering different social enterprise structures to find the best fit for their work and future fundraising.

We have three specialists at the June forum with many years of experience supporting social enterprises and who offer a range of specialised services and support:

Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership with Martin Allman

Wingspan Consulting Ltd with Director Guy Huxtable

Social Enterprise Mark with Rachel Fell

To book your place:

South Lakeland Third Sector Monthly Meet up – Friday 21 May, 11-12

If you represent a not-for-profit organisation in South Lakeland, why not grab a cuppa and come along to the second monthly meeting?

As group of voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations we wanted to meet others working in the sector to help us come together to share practice and provide services locally in a linked up and connected way.

These informal, friendly monthly meet-ups are an opportunity for us to: meet others providing services locally, share experiences, challenges and solutions, celebrate achievements, communicate and build relationships and explore partnerships and collaborative working.

We look forward to welcoming and meeting you!  To book your place please follow this link:


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