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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.


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Sport England Return to Play - Community Asset Fund Opens for Applications

21 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The £5 million Community Assets Fund is part of the new £16.5 million Return to Play Fund that is supporting local groups, clubs and grassroots organisations impacted by the disruptions caused by the pandemic with a particular focus on tackling inequalities.

Grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 are available for projects that are ready to start within six weeks.

Applications can be made for either:

  • Small-scale investments ranging from £10,001 to £25,000 to address any immediate works required to adapt a place or space to enable a safe return to play.

  • Medium-scale investments ranging from £25,001 to £50,000 to address more substantial, but still immediate, changes that may be required to a facility or space.

Projects must be for fixed permanent or semi-permanent, capital works and for coronavirus-related works.

Priority will be given to:

  • Projects located in areas of high deprivation (decile 1-3 of the Indices of Deprivation).

  • Organisations working with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus.

  • Organisations that do not have a significant level of reserve funding available to utilise.

Applications are currently being accepted with notification of decisions within three weeks.

How To Apply

Guidance notes and the online application form are available on the Sport England website.

Sport England aims to provide a decision within three weeks of receipt of application.

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