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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Armed Forces Families Fund Supporting Partners of Serving Personnel

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31 October 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to find creative ways to reduce the challenges of service life for spouses.

Armed Forces Covenant Trust has partnered with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide the new Supporting Partners: Innovation programme, which is offering one-year grants of £20,000 to £50,000.

The programme has the following aims, with all projects required to meet at least one:

  • Encouraging new ways of enabling peer to peer support.
  • Enabling better access to employment, education & training, or wider support.
  • Reducing duplication and making it easier for partners to access knowledge and information that is relevant to their lives.

Funding could be used to support work such as:

  • Supporting partners to access paid employment or education.
  • Finding solutions for partners facing challenging situations with overseas postings (whether going overseas or coming from overseas).
  • Piloting specific support for partners, who may have different challenges to spouses.
  • Exploring solutions to challenges arising to family life from newer forms of hybrid working and deployments.
  • Helping partners overseas to better understand their options with regards to training and employment.
  • Exploring issues specific to non-traditional families.

Applications will be accepted from Armed Forces Bases, Stations or Units, as well as charities, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and Universities in the UK.

Charities and CICs must have been registered for at least two years at the time of application, with at least three unrelated trustees/directors.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 12 December 2022.


How To Apply

The deadline to apply is 12 December 2022 (5pm). Decisions are expected by the end of February 2023.

Guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website.


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