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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


Further Education Professional Development Grants - Deadline Extended

21 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Further Education Professional Development Grants Pilot (FEPDG) are a national pilot of competitive grant funding for all provider types delivering further education that meet the eligibility criteria.

The FEPDG pilot aims to:

  • Support education recovery within the sector
  • Fulfil the skills for jobs white paper commitment to strengthen the professional development of the FE workforce
  • Drive improvements in FE professional development provision and support in three priority areas of need:
    • workforce capability and confidence to use technology effectively in education
    • subject-specific professional development
    • support for new and inexperienced teachers
  • Stimulate improvements in workforce development and the standard of teaching in the sector by increasing opportunities for FE and providers and staff to collaborate and share effective practice
  • Produce resources and approaches to workforce development that can be adopted by other FE providers
  • Stimulate FE providers and the market to provide high-quality professional development and training for staff working in the sector.

Eligible applicants must be public and private sector FE providers with a direct relationship with the ESFA and in receipt of at least one of the following funding streams or programmes that have funding attached:

  • 16 to 19 study programme
  • Adult education budget
  • Advanced learner loan facility
  • European Social Fund
  • 16 to 18 traineeships.

Each application will need an eligible lead applicant provider and a minimum of one other partner provider.

The total fund available is £9.5 million.

Bids can apply for up to £500,000. The expected minimum application is for £100,000.

The deadline for applications has been extended to the 26 July 2021 (10am).

How To Apply

Applicants should complete the FEPDG pilot application form and return it by email to [email protected] using the subject line ‘FEPDG application’ by 26 July 2021 (10am).

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. FEPDG Enquiries
    Department for Education (DfE)
    Email: [email protected]


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