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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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Enterprise Development Programme Announces New Sector Partner to Support BAME-led Charities

17 May 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Enterprise Development Programme has announced a new sector partnership with the Ubele Initiative to provide support for not-for-profit organisations led by and working with Black and Minoritised communities in the Humber and Yorkshire, London, the Midlands, the North West or South West of England.

Charities and social enterprises working within this sector will be able to apply for business and financial support to help them to establish new enterprise models with the objective of becoming more financially resilient.

Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to work alongside the Ubele Initiative - an African Diaspora-led intergenerational social enterprise that aims to build more sustainable communities across the UK - to outline a package of support that best fits with their specific needs. This could include feasibility or development grants of up to £30,000.

The Enterprise Development Programme was developed and funded by Access - The Foundation for Social Investment and is managed by a coalition of partners, including Social Investment Business and various national infrastructure bodies that work within the Programme’s current focus sectors: mental health, equality, youth, homelessness, and Black and minoritised communities.

There will be a two stage application process.

Stage 1 applications will be accepted from 1 June to 29 June 2021.

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How To Apply

Online application forms can be accessed on the Enterprise Development Programme website.

There is a two-stage application process.

  • Stage 1 application forms ask applicants to explain their organisation's mission, provide details about their leadership and provide a top-line explanation on their proposed trading activity.
  • Successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to complete a Stage 2 application, which must be submitted by 2 July 2021.

Contact Social Investment Business or the Ubele Initiative for further information.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. SIB Team
    Social Investment Business
    CAN Mezzanine Borough
    7-14 Great Dover Street
    SE1 4YR
    Tel: 020 3096 7900
    Email: [email protected]
  2. Yvonne Field
    Founder and CEO
    The Ubele Initiative
    Wolves Lane Horticultural Centre
    Wolves Lane
    N22 5JD
    Tel: 07591 457113
    Email: [email protected]


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