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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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Grants and Funding


One Week for Submission of Volunteering Futures Fund Proposals

20 September 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The UK Government is launching a new Volunteering Futures Fund. The fund aims to support high quality volunteering opportunities in England for young people and those who experience barriers to volunteering in DCMS sectors and across the voluntary and community sector. It aims to test and trial solutions to known barriers through the use of informal, micro, flexible and digital approaches.

There are two delivery strands for this fund as follows:

  • Arts, culture heritage and sport initiatives involving volunteers.
  • Community and youth initiatives involving volunteers.

This invitation is for grant making organisations to apply for up to £1.7 million of match funding to deliver the strand "for community and youth initiatives involving volunteers" only.

It is seeking applications from grant making organisations such as charitable foundations and philanthropic institutions. Applicants must be able to bring matched funding on a basis of 1:1.

Applications will be accepted from grant makers, eg charitable foundations or philanthropic institutions, based in the UK and which have been operating in the UK for more than 12 months, to deliver programmes in England only.

Applicants may partner with other organisations to form a consortium to apply. In all cases DCMS requires a nominated lead organisation to make the application and to receive government funds. The lead organisation's primary charitable objectives must include grant making.

DCMS encourages applicants to set out the intended geographical spread of the onward grants, particularly those with a reach in deprived communities in England according to the Indices of Multiple Deprivation.

Applicants can request a minimum of £300,000 and maximum of £1.7 million of DCMS funding.

The value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant organisation or consortium's combined annual income for the financial year. Requests of more than 25% of annual income will be subject to additional financial due diligence.

DCMS funded activities must be completed by 31 March 2022 and all DCMS funds must be spent by this time.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted by midnight on 26 September 2021 to [email protected]

Enquiries about the fund should also be directed to this address.

Guidance notes are available from the GOV.UK website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
    100 Parliament Street
    SW1A 2BQ
    Tel: 020 7211 6000
    Email: [email protected]

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