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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


Second Round of Emergency Fund for Homelessness Charities

14 July 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A second application round has opened for a Fund supporting small to medium sized homelessness charities with an annual turnover of less than £5 million who are directly affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

A total of £4.82 million is available for charities in England and an additional £680,000 will primarily be awarded to charities based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 (depending on the annual turnover of the organisation) are available for either or both of the following purposes:

  • To help alleviate the financial impact of COVID-19 on the organisation. This may be because of a reduction in actual or expected income this year, and/or as a result of higher costs that have been incurred or are expected to be incurred as a result of providing services to beneficiaries as a direct result of the crisis.

  • To expand or adapt services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively.

Grants are to be used for revenue funding only and can be used to cover:

  • Investments in systems.

  • Investments in people.

  • Investments in infrastructure.

  • Dedicated capacity development.

  • Staff salaries.

  • Project activities.

  • Running costs.

  • Small-scale refurbishment.

  • Equipment.

  • Organisational development.

  • Contributions to fixed costs.

There will be one application round for applications from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There will be two application rounds for England.

The initial deadline for all applications is 1pm on 3 August 2020.

All grants must be spent within six months of receipt or by 19 April 2021 if this is earlier.

How To Apply

There are two application deadlines for the National Lottery Community Fund funding stream (for organisations based in England):

  • 3 August 2020 (1pm) for decisions made in early September.

  • 14 September 2020 (1pm) for decisions made in mid-October.

The application deadline for the Comic Relief funding stream (for organisations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) is 3 August 2020 (1pm), with decisions made during August.

Guidance notes, FAQs, and an online application form are available on the website of Homeless Link.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Homeless Link
    Minories House
    2-5 Minories
    EC3N 1BJ
    Email: [email protected]


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