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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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Tesco Announces Final Deadline for COVID-19 Communities Fund

01 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

In April, Tesco responded to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities across the UK and to support organisational needs rather than fund specific projects. In order respond quickly to the emergency, a streamlined application and payment process was created to make it easier to get funds out quickly.

Organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities, still have time to apply for a single payment of £500.

Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.

Groups must be constituted and be able to provide a copy of their governing document.

Typically, the fund will support organisations that have experienced:

  • Increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources to support children through the summer months or a food bank whose stocks are running low and needs an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.

  • Disrupted services – a local charity setting up a delivery service to replace its monthly lunch club, or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.

  • New services – a health focused charity having to set up a new online patient service requires new IT equipment or a mental health charity developing a new service.

The final date to submit an application is 18 September 2020.

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