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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 Frontline Organisations Supporting Vulnerable Women in England

26 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Applications are invited for a new Fund that aims to make women’s sector organisations stronger, more sustainable and able to build their resilience to economic shocks caused and magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of £475,000 is available and organisations can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £25,000. Applications are accepted from not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000 that have a track record of supporting financially vulnerable women, including frontline organisations and services.

Organisations are eligible to apply if:

  • They are supporting women who experience disproportionate challenges and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

  • They are providing services and support for vulnerable women, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Priority will be given to organisations in the Midlands and North of England where the pandemic has had the most impact. Applications from organisations supporting and led by BAME women, women with disabilities and financially vulnerable LGBT+ women will also be prioritised.

Organisations can use the grants to pay for core and frontline staff salaries, running costs/overheads, project costs and goods and equipment to support the adaption of frontline services.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 16 November 2020.

Guidance notes and an application form are available on the website of the Smallwood Trust.

Completed applications and supporting documents should be emailed to [email protected]

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