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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.




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

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Charities Aid Foundation Offering Unrestricted Grants Programme

Health & Social Welfare

14 November 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to build capacity and resilience for organisations promoting social equity.

The Keystone Fund is a £3 million programme which aims to support not-for-profit groups to:

  • Adapt their ways of working via digital capability, staff and volunteer training and responding to operational challenges.
  • Bolster their basic running capabilities via improvements to governance, strategic planning and capacity building.

Grants of £5,000 to £50,000 are on offer to UK charitable organisations addressing social injustice or working towards social equity to build a fairer society for all. These might be organisations which primarily support:

  • Refugees.
  • People experiencing racial inequity.
  • People experiencing digital poverty.
  • People at risk of homelessness.
  • Deaf and disabled people.
  • LGBQT+ people.

Approximately 50% of the funds will be focused on organisations supporting refugees in the UK.

Grants are intended to be unrestricted to enable applicants to adapt and strengthen, according to identified needs.

The deadline to apply is 23 November 2022.


How To Apply

There is a two-stage application process:

  • Stage 1 deadline 23 November 2022.
  • Stage 2 deadline 9 January 2023, for decisions in February 2023.

There will be an information webinar on 2 December 2022.

Guidelines and an application form can be found on the CAF website.


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