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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 Housing Related Charities and Projects in UK

02 June 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding for Housing Related Charities and Projects in UK

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 will support local housing projects that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable by:

  • Preventing people from losing their home.

  • Helping people into a home.

  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment.

Projects that help charities get back on their feet after the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 will be favoured this year.

The funding will support the following:

  • Core costs (up to 20% of the grant amount requested) including running and facility costs, office equipment, supplies, any travel and accommodation, printing.

  • Staff and volunteer costs for the project lead partner – including full-time staff, part-time staff, project delivery staff costs and other related expenses. All staff must be paid at least the Real Living Wage, set by the Living Wage Foundation,

  • Small-scale capital costs – including one-off expenses for equipment, or fixed assets that may have use or benefit beyond the life of the grant (one financial year), such as computer hardware, or items required to deliver a project, such as paint, paintbrushes and gardening equipment.

  • Activity costs – such as catering or insurance, costs that help deliver projects or activities but fall outside of capital, staffing and volunteering costs.

  • Development and capacity building costs – that support organisational sustainability, such as training staff and volunteers, and external consultancy fees.

  • Building works and refurbishment costs – where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project.

The funding period is between one and two years.

UK registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives can apply.

Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed on 1 August 2020.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Nationwide Building Society
    Nationwide House
    Pipers Way
    SN38 1NW
    Email: [email protected]


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