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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.




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

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National Lottery Awards for All Accepting 2023 Event Applications


24 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to build strong relationships in and across communities in England.

Groups applying to the National Lottery Community Fund’s Awards for All programme in England can request funding for the following major events in 2023:

  • The Coronation of His Majesty the King on 6 May.
  • The Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool from 9 to 13 May, and the UK’s role hosting it on the behalf of Ukraine.
  • The 75th Anniversary of Windrush on 22 June, and the contribution the Windrush generation and their families have made to the UK.

This is in addition to the fund’s usual guidance, and all projects must:

  • Involve people and communities from the start.
  • Build on people's strengths.
  • Be connected in their community.

Applications are accepted from constituted voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and statutory bodies such as local authorities and community councils.

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for up to one year.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time.

There is high demand for funding and the funding teams will assess applications in the order they are received. They aim to communicate their decisions with the applicants as soon as possible, which usually takes around 12 weeks.

The online application form can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website.


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