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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


Sport England - Return to Play

24 March 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Return to Play: Small Grants - This fund will make awards, using National Lottery and government funding, of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £15m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way. 

This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment. In response to the current England-wide lockdown restrictions, this fund will also make a contribution of up to £3,000 towards the running costs of organisations supporting the most deprived communities. 


Return to Play: Community Asset Fund - This fund will make awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 from a pot of £5m to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely. 

This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines during activity, or improving a facility’s ventilation. 


Return to Play: Active Together - Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m. 

With expert advice and guidance to support you, this will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related needs. 


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