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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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Salesforce Offers Grants to Ease COVID-19 Pressures on Small Businesses

18 May 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Forming part of a pledge Salesforce has made to small businesses and giving back to the community, the company is partnering with Enterprise Nation to offer grants to eligible companies, helping them through the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Salesforce Small Business Grants Programme aims to help firms that are suffering from the effects of the current restrictions placed upon business and the general population as a result of the pandemic.

The programme will distribute a total of £670,000 in the form of 134 individual grants of £5,000 for each supported business.

Small UK-based businesses that have been established for at least 12 months, employing between 2 and 50 members of staff may apply. Applicants must be registered at Companies House. They must not have not received any other cash grant during 2020 in relation to COVID-19 from any Government. The business must have a British bank account.

Applications will open in six regional phases. Each region will have seven days to apply. Application periods are as follows:

  • North of England Businesses: 27 July - 2 August 2020

  • Cheshire

  • Cumbria

  • Greater Manchester

  • Lancashire

  • Merseyside

  • Northumberland

  • County Durham

  • Tyne and Wear

  • Yorkshire

Interested parties can learn more about the programme on the FAQ page.

Those requiring help with their application, login or having problems with the system should email [email protected]


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