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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 International Social Relief Projects

14 October 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Applications are being accepted for grants of up to £5,000 for charities working in the areas of social inclusion, education, the arts, equality and diversity, and religious understanding in the UK, Africa or Central and South America.

The aim of the fund is to support continuing projects, alongside developing new initiatives, and benefit people who are disadvantaged for whatever reason, and to build hope and enrichment of life.

Registered UK based charities with an annual turnover of less than £2 million can apply. Priority will be given to charities with an income of less than £1 million and to those who are working outside of the London area.

Proposed activities and projects must deliver at least one of the following aims:

  • Encouraging social inclusion.
  • Advancing education.
  • Developing the arts.
  • Advancing equality and diversity.
  • Promoting religious understanding.

Eligible costs included but are not limited to equipment costs, the provision of activities such as music and arts sessions, educational costs, and training costs.

How To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for consideration at trustee meetings throughout the year. Notification of decisions is usually within one month of the trustee meeting.

There are three application deadlines per year.

The next deadlines for applications are:

  • 31 December 2021 to be considered in February 2022.
  • 30 April 2022 to be considered in June 2022.
  • 31 August 2022 to be considered in October 2022.

Applications received within six weeks of a trustee meeting will be considered at the following meeting.

All applications must be made through the Didymus website. Applications made via email or post will not be accepted.

Guidance and the online application form are available on the Didymus website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Shelia Powell
    12 Market Street
    Hebden Bridge
    HX7 6AD
    Email: [email protected]

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