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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 Social Enterprises in England to Create Lasting Impact and Build Resilience

05 November 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A new £4.75 million Fund for social enterprises in England has opened for applications. Social enterprises that are substantially reliant on trading income and have an annual turnover of between £20,000 and £2.5 million can apply.

Applications are accepted from:

  • Early stage social enterprises who can demonstrate potential for growth and impact and a resilient financial model.

  • Established social ventures with ambitions for deep or scalable impact, or with aspirations to tackle entrenched social issues in new ways.

The Fund particularly encourages applications from social entrepreneurs who identify as Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background, and disabled people. The aim is for 50% of the funding to reach these typically underrepresented groups.

Grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 are available and can be used for activities such as the following:

  • New emerging opportunities to grow impact (eg, services that have emerged during the pandemic).

  • Projects or infrastructure that will benefit social enterprises’ future resilience, recovery and growth.

  • Existing services, projects or models that are performing well, with the potential to accelerate growth and impact.

The grants can be used to cover staff salaries, project activities, running costs, small-scale refurbishments, organisational development, contributions to fixed costs, investments in systems, investments in people, investments in infrastructure and/or dedicated capacity development.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 13 November 2020.

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