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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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Funding for Churches and Christian Charities to Respond to Coronavirus Crisis

22 July 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Churches, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies, and Christian charities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland can now apply for funding to meet changing needs within their communities as the longer-term impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis becomes clearer.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available, however, organisations cannot apply for a specific grant amount and instead are asked to provide information on the project and a budget. Successful applicants will then receive a grant covering between 10% and 80% of the costs, depending on the overall cost of the project and the level of need in their community.

Projects in the following three areas will receive funding:

  • Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed. This could include enabling improved accessibility to buildings/activities and measures to ensure buildings are coronavirus/COVID-19 safe.

  • Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).

  • Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.

The grants can cover capital costs, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment, as well as project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers, hire of buildings and/or equipment, and promotion and marketing of new activities.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

How To Apply

Applications for the Programme are considered on a rolling basis. There is no fixed deadline while funds are still available.

The Trust normally aims to respond to applications within three months.

Applications must be submitted via the Trust’s online application form.

The flyer for the Programme, guidance documents and FAQs are available on the website of the Trust.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Grants Administrator
    Allchurches Trust Limited
    Beaufort House
    Brunswick Road
    GL1 1JZ
    Email: [email protected]


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