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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


Funding for Charitable Projects in Great Britain and on the Island of Ireland

26 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Not-for-profit and charitable organisations that are based in Great Britain and on the island of Ireland and that have an annual income of less than £1 million are invited to apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.

Projects in the following areas are eligible for funding:

  • Community Development:

    • Positive mental and physical health.

    • Community integration.

    • Sport and leisure opportunities.

    • Protection of the natural environment.

    • Supporting vulnerable members of society.

  • Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland:

    • Improving intercommunity relations.

    • New opportunities in education, employment and personal development.

  • Education:

    • Increasing access to third-level education.

    • Ensuring equality of access to a broad range of educational opportunities for people of all ages.

  • Arts and Culture:

    • Supporting cultural awareness and understanding.

    • Increasing access to art forms and collections.

    • Community arts initiatives.

During the current funding round, applications are also encouraged for projects that respond to issues related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

There is a two-staged application process and initially applicants are asked to submit a Letter of Enquiry that outlines the proposed project.

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