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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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VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2020-21: Starting Well

01 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for VCSE organisations in England to run projects that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age.

The objectives of the Programme are to:

  • Encourage co-production in the creation of person-centred, community-based health and care which promotes equality for all.

  • Enable the voice of people with lived experience and those experiencing health inequalities to inform national policy making and shape service delivery.

  • Build evidence of sustainable, scalable solutions to mitigate and prevent inequalities impacting on health and wellbeing of communities.

The Programme consists of:

  • A national partnership arrangement: the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

  • Funding for bespoke projects: the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund. This will have one specific theme each year.

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the Fund is to promote equality and reduce health inequalities by building the evidence base about good practice, sharing lessons and widening the adoption of interventions with a proven track record. Each funding round focusses on a different theme. Previous rounds have focussed on social prescribing and children’s and young people’s mental health.

The current funding round focusses on giving people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or poorer backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.

Value Notes

Grants of between £200,000 and £510,000 are available over three financial years.

A total of 3.3 million will be awarded in grants and it is anticipated that approximately 20 projects will be funded.

How To Apply

Organisations interested in applying are strongly advised to attend one of the webinars taking place on:

  • 8 September 2020 (2pm - 3pm).

  • 10 September 2020 (2pm - 3pm).

Registration for the webinars will be limited to one person per organisation, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Organisations should email [email protected] to register.

Applications for the Fund are accepted until 12 noon on 30 October 2020.

The Fund’s information pack and the application form can be found on the GOV.UK website. The completed application form and supporting documents should be submitted by email. Hard copies will not be accepted.

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