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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 Support LGBT+ Communities During COVID-19 Pandemic

01 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Non-profit LGBT+ organisations across the UK are being invited to apply to a new fund, worth £350,000. Small Grants of up to £5,000 and Main Grants of between £5,001 and £15,000 are available.

The fund will support ongoing work, core costs and additional work which strengthens the position of LGBT+ organisations and their ability to respond to community needs arising during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants can be used for:

  • Delivering a range of wellbeing services and/or offering targeted specialist services.

  • Providing shelter and accommodation services to people experiencing homelessness.

  • Supporting organisations to adapt and respond to the pandemic.

  • Offering formal training and skills development and educational coaching.

  • Providing essential delivery services ensuring the practical needs of vulnerable individuals and families are met.

  • Providing specialist and general information, guidance and advice online or by telephone.

  • Supporting community and volunteer-led resilience and response coordination to the pandemic.

There is particular interest in projects supporting those LGBT+ people and communities that are underrepresented and/or subject to higher levels of marginalisation.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding is awarded.

How To Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. There are no deadlines.

Funding will be awarded in tranches to ensure funding is carried forward to meet the needs of later applicants.

Organisations will be informed of the outcome of their applications within six weeks of applying.

Guidance notes and application forms are available on the website of the Consortium. There are separate application forms for the Small and the Main Grants.

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