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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.


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Funding for VCS Organisations to Provide HMRC Advice Support Services

12 November 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Registered charities, voluntary and community sector organisations, social enterprises, mutual and co-operatives based in the UK with an income of more than £40,000 per year can apply now.

To be eligible, they should provide advice and support to HMRC customers who need extra help understanding and complying with their tax obligations and claiming their entitlements, including those who are digitally excluded. This could include those with disabilities, mental health or learning difficulties, those on low income or in debt, older people, migrants, and carers.

A total of £4.98 million (£1.66 million per year) is available. Grants will range from £20,000 to £750,000 per year with a maximum threshold set at 50% of the organisation’s turnover.

The funding is for activities that cover one or more of the following

  • Advice and support.

  • Digital inclusion.

  • Specialist support and referrals.

Applicants must have the infrastructure and capability to handle in the region of 700 referrals per year and would be responsible for bringing individual cases to conclusion.

The deadline for applications is 27 November 2020.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted from 5 November until 27 November 2020.

Guidance notes can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Organisations that are confident that they can provide the services HMRC seek and satisfy the eligibility criteria set out in the guidance notes should send an email to HMRC requesting an application pack:

[email protected]

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