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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.


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New Fund for UK Social Enterprises to Enable Targeted Social Investment

26 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A £150,000 development fund to help tackle social issues by enabling sustainable enterprises to test new business models is inviting applications.

Applications will be accepted from fund managers, charities and social enterprises based in the United Kingdom.

Priority will be given to the following:

  • Social impact investment ideas with the greatest potential to have a transformative impact on a social issue at scale.

  • Ideas with potential for replication and scaling where a fund (or similar structure that can bring together a variety of investors and multiple enterprises) is part of the solution.

  • Charities and social enterprises who have already identified a fund manager to work with.

Successful applicants will receive development funding of between £15,000 and £30,000 (inclusive of VAT) for their project, depending on its stage of development.

Programme participants will also receive up to six days of in-kind support from the funding provider to help develop their idea.

The deadline for applications is noon on 1 March 2021.

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