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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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Applications Invited for BBC Children in Need’s Project Grants

Children & Young People

31 October 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to support activity costs of groups working to support children and young people.

Alongside its new Core Grants programme, BBC Children in Need will also continue to offer funding for defined projects with a focus on children and young people.

Registered not-for-profit organisations who work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under living in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands are eligible to apply.

Through this stream, organisations can receive support for up to three years.

The maximum grant is £120,000 (or £40,000 over three years), though most grants made are for much less than this.

The funders will prioritise applications from smaller, local organisations and are unlikely to fund groups with a turnover of more than £2 million.

Despite this, in recognition of the fact that there are some organisations with a higher income delivering vital work for children and young people, the following types of organisations can apply regardless of their turnover:

  • Hospices (including Children's Hospices).
  • Housing Associations.
  • Groups delivering nationwide or UK-wide work.

The Project Costs stream will support the aims and delivery of a specific piece of work. This work will usually be time-limited, and based on a defined set of activities.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


How To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Groups requesting £15,000 or less will receive a quicker decision and be able to start sooner.

There is a two-stage application process:

  • An initial Expression of Interest form can be found on the Children in Need website.
  • Successful applicants will receive a link to the full application form and have 120 days to complete it.

For more information, visit the BBC Children in Need website.


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