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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants - Improving Lives

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21 September 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for registered charities, social enterprises and constituted charitable groups to help people in the UK when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

The Henry Smith Charity's Improving Lives programme is part of the Charity's Main Grants programme. It aims to support people in the UK for whom other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

There are six funding priorities:

  • Help at a critical moment.
  • Positive choices.
  • Accommodation/housing support.
  • Employment and training.
  • Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements.
  • Support networks and family.


How To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time. There are no deadlines and applications are assessed as they are received.

There is a two-stage application process. Initial applications must be made via the online application form on the Henry Smith Charity's website. Successful stage-one applicants will be notified and will progress to stage two.

The application process takes approximately six months.


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