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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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Emergency Response Funding for Work with Migrants and Refugees in England

15 July 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Barrow Cadbury Trust, which specialises in migration issues and the migration sector, is distributing £5 million in funding from the National Lottery Communities Fund’s COVID-19 Response Programme for England.

The funding is intended to provide services and support for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who are in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, or to help organisations overcome acute financial difficulties they are facing because of the pandemic.

This is short-term funding which be must spent within six months and by 19 April 2021 at the latest. The maximum grant available is £50,000- or three-months’ expenditure, whichever is less.

The grants can be used for a range of things, for example:

  • Activities and services: any activity that is related to COVID-19, for example:

    • enabling access or providing the necessities of life (food, accommodation)

    • mental health support or activities to prevent loneliness and isolation

    • help with home schooling for children, building digital skills

    • preventing exploitation or domestic abuse arising from the pandemic situation

    • referral to other services that will help people cope with the pandemic (advice, health, social security etc.)

    • other needs arising from the pandemic

  • Changes to the organisation’s systems that will better enable them to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, or small-scale changes to their premises to enable them to safely provide services.

  • Staff salaries or other investment in staff (such as training or support in relation to the demands of COVID-19).

  • Volunteers’ expenses.

  • Equipment to help respond to the pandemic.

  • General running costs.

  • Interpretation costs or other costs specific to supporting this client group.

  • Contributions to fixed costs/overheads.

Applications will be accepted from charities, companies limited by guarantee or a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee registered in England with an income of between £10,000 and £1 million in their most recent year of operations.

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2020.

How To Apply

There is a three-stage assessment process. Full details are on the Barrow Cadbury Trust website along with the guidance notes, Frequently Asked Questions and eligibility questionnaire.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    The Barrow Cadbury Trust
    Kean House
    6 Kean Street
    WC2B 4AS
    Email: [email protected]


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