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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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BBC Children in Need Offering Grants for Core Costs

Children & Young People

26 October 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

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

As part of its new grant-making Strategy 2022-25, BBC Children in Need has launched a grants stream for core costs, now accepting applications.

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.

The funders will prioritise applications from smaller, local organisations and are unlikely to fund groups with a turnover of more than £1 million.

Organisations can apply for grants for up to three years, to a maximum of £120,000 (or 40,000 each year). However most grants made are for much less than 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.

Applicants must be:

  • Working with children aged 18 years and under.
  • Working in the heart of their communities, particularly in times of crisis.
  • Putting children and young people at the heart of everything they do, from design to delivery.
  • Addressing challenges faced by children and young people, and extending their choices in life.
  • Keen to keep learning about and developing their work with children and young people.
  • Committed to making a difference in the lives of children and young people.

This stream supports essential organisational and administrative spending.

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 Children in Need website.


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