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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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Sport England: Active Together (with Crowdfunding)

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21 September 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for not-for-profit community sport and physical activity groups in England who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign to support those experiencing financial difficulty due to Covid-19, the emerging energy, cost of living or other local crisis.

The funding is intended to help sport and physical activity organisations to move forward with priority projects and running costs that they might be struggling with due to the pandemic or the cost of living crisis or other local crisis situations such as adverse weather.

It can help clubs with projects that cannot be currently afforded due to the impact the coronavirus continues to have on their normal income streams.


How To Apply

24 August 2022 update: Sport England has published new eligibility and pledge criteria and new grant conditions.

Applications to ‘Return to Play: Active Together’ are done through the Crowdfunder site.

The first step is for applicants to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder. Campaigns typically run for 28 days but take a few weeks to create so groups should allow about six weeks in total.

Sport England provides free support to help groups on ‘their crowdfunding journey’ including a Crowdfunder guide. All resources can be found on the Sport England website.


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