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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


Empowering Women Fund Invites Applications

21 April 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A national funding programme is accepting applications from small women's groups and organisations in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland to support the development of innovative ways of empowering women in their local area, and to build organisations' capacity.

The following levels of funding are available:

  • Seed Funding grants of £500 to £1,000 are available to small women's groups to establish and run micro women's empowerment projects in their local area that support women to build skills and confidence, and decrease social isolation.
  • Women's Sector grants of £1,000 to £25,000 are available for women's groups and organisations to develop capacity to respond to changing needs in their communities and run projects over a fixed duration of at least six months.

All grants must be spent within 12 months of award.

The deadline for applications is 28 May 2021 (5pm).

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Labyrinth Project Enquiries
    Solace Women's Aid
    Tel: 07502 426 440
    Email: [email protected]

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