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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 to Improve Employment Prospects of Disadvantaged Children and Young People

15 July 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A new £6 million funding programme that aims to support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment is now open for applications. Not-for-profit organisations within the UK can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £80,000.

The funding is for projects that work with young people aged 10 to 24 in England and young people aged 10 to 18 in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who are experiencing discrimination or disadvantages which create short- or longer-term barriers to employment, especially those whose journeys towards employment have been further disrupted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Eligible projects include:

  • Delivery of positive activities like music, arts and sport that enables the development of work readiness skills and outcomes.

  • Providing a trusted, consistent advisor to help children and young people overcome barriers and achieve their personal goals.

  • Delivery of personalised vocational, academic or employability skills, enterprise training, job search, or work experience.

  • Addressing barriers to employment such as mental and physical health problems, and housing issues.

  • Supporting young people into further education, training or employment that they may otherwise not have accessed.

  • Supporting young people through the provision of volunteering, work experience, paid jobs and transitioning to permanent work.

  • Connecting young people directly to sustainable employment opportunities.

The grants can be used to cover project and organisational costs, including planning and development for the future.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted from 10 July to 11:30am on 31 July 2020.

Applicants may be asked to discuss and review their proposal with a BBC Children in Need assessor and must be available in August for an assessment.

The Fund is expected to be over-subscribed and only a proportion of applications will be successful. Decisions on applications will be communicated by mid-October 2020.

Guidelines are available on the BBC Children in Need website and applications must be submitted via BBC Children in Need’s Online Portal.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    BBC Children in Need
    PO Box 648
    M5 0LB
    Tel: 0345 609 0015
    Email: [email protected]


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