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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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Ecclesiastical Launches £1m Movement for Good Awards 2021

26 May 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

For a third successive year, Ecclesiastical Insurance is inviting nominations to its £1 million Movement for Good Awards.

The programme has two funding phases:

  • Phase 1 will award 500 charities with £1,000 each. Nominations will be accepted from 24 May to 13 June 2021. The more nominations a charity receives, the greater their chance of winning. Winners are selected by a draw.
  • Phase 2 will take place later in the summer with further details to come. Charities can register to be kept up to date.

Anyone can nominate a charity to receive one of the £1,000 awards as long as the charity:

  • has been in existence for at least six months
  • is a not-for-profit organisation
  • has satisfied the due diligence of the promoter.
  • is registered with one of the following:
    • Charity Commission for England and Wales
    • Charity Commission in Northern Ireland
    • Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
    • Charities Regulator for the Republic of Ireland
    • Jersey Charity Commissioner or the Guernsey Registry (Channel Islands) or the Central Registry (Isle of Man)
  • does not discriminate unlawfully in any way
  • does not support any specific political party or affiliated group.
  • does not relate to any controversial subject matter that is contrary to the values and expectations of the promoter

Eligible charities could range from smaller, volunteer-run groups to larger, well-known organisations. A list of previous winners can be found on the movementforgood website.

A charity can win only once but they can be nominated multiple times. The more nominations a charity gets, the more likely they are to win £1,000.

The winners will be selected at random from a pool of nominations and announced on the website from 21 June 2021 to 2 July 2021.

Entry is free. Full details, including the terms and conditions, and the online nomination form can be found on as can a range of resources for charities to raise awareness within their community.

The deadline for entries for a £1,000 grant is 23:59 on Sunday, 13 June 2021.



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