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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


Nationwide Building Society Community Grants – Applications Close 31 July

15 July 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Nationwide Building Society is providing £4 million in funding in 2020 to help people find a home, prevent them from losing their home or help them to thrive at home.

UK registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives wanting to make a difference in their local area can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. The funding period is between one and two years.

The grant can be used to fund a maximum of 25% of the organisation’s annual income. This means that if an organisation’s income is £100,000 a year, it can apply for a maximum grant of £25,000. For two-year projects this can be for each year. A combined income will be accepted for partnership projects.

The funding will support the following:

  • Core costs (up to 20% of the grant amount requested) including running and facility costs, office equipment, supplies, any travel and accommodation, printing.

  • Staff and volunteer costs for the project lead partner – including full-time staff, part-time staff, project delivery staff costs and other related expenses. All staff must be paid at least the Real Living Wage, set by the Living Wage Foundation,

  • Small-scale capital costs – including one-off expenses for equipment, or fixed assets that may have use or benefit beyond the life of the grant (one financial year), such as computer hardware, or items required to deliver a project, such as paint, paintbrushes and gardening equipment.

  • Activity costs – such as catering or insurance, costs that help deliver projects or activities but fall outside of capital, staffing and volunteering costs.

  • Development and capacity building costs – that support organisational sustainability, such as training staff and volunteers, and external consultancy fees.

  • Building works and refurbishment costs – where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project.

Shortlisted applications are reviewed by regional Community Boards, made up of Nationwide Building Society members and employees who come together to award the grants.

Grants will be awarded in Winter 2020.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2020.

How To Apply

The guidance notes and the online eligibility checker are available on the Nationwide Building Society website. Groups should read the Due Diligence guidance section at the end of the guidance notes. A list of all the documents needed for the application are also included in the guidance notes.

The 2020-21 application schedule:

  • 1 June – grant applications are open.

  • 31 July - closing date for applications.

  • 1 August – all applications will be reviewed.

  • 9 November – Community Boards meet

  • From January 2021 – Projects will be notified if they have been successful.

  • From February 2021 – Projects will receive their grants.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Nationwide Building Society
    Nationwide House
    Pipers Way
    SN38 1NW
    Email: [email protected]


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