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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


National Lottery Heritage Fund - Steps to Sustainability

22 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding and a programme of specialist support are available for small to medium-sized UK heritage organisations to help turn a new business idea into reality.

Fund Information

Funding body:
National Lottery Heritage Fund (Heritage Fund)
Maximum value:
£ 10,000
Application deadline:


Social Enterprise Academy is administering the Steps to Sustainability programme on behalf of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Objectives of Fund

As heritage organisations across the UK come under increasing pressure and financial constraints, the aim of the Steps to Sustainability programme is to provide a pathway of support for small to medium-sized UK heritage organisations to enable them to turn a new income generating business idea into reality.

Value Notes

Programme participants receive:

  • A 15-month package of support to develop their income generating idea.
  • Access to funding of up to £10,000.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from small to medium-sized heritage organisations based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and those who want to attend a Scottish Gaelic language delivered programme who:

  • Have an income-generating idea that is not yet fully formed.
  • Need the resources and support the programme offers to pursue their idea.
  • Will release up to two people from their organisation, ideally a trustee and a staff member or volunteer to attend the full programme.

Eligible organisations include:

  • Charities.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Local authorities.
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs).
  • Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs).
  • Limited companies.


Large development bodies or large funding organisations are not eligible.

Eligible Expenditure

There are no limitations on what ideas programme participants may develop. Examples could include:

  • Creating or improving a retail/café offer.
  • Developing an outside space.
  • Redeveloping a disused space.
  • Offering facilities for events.
  • Linking with external organisations to provide a service.


United Kingdom

How To Apply

The Round 2 deadline for applications is 23 July 2021.

Application packs and further information for each UK regional programme are available from the Social Enterprise Academy website.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Social Enterprise Academy
    Thorn House
    5 Rose Street
    EH2 2PR
    Tel: 0131 243 2670
    Email: [email protected]

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