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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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Comic Relief Community Fund Reopens to Applications


01 November 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding for organisations and projects which harness lived experience of communities to bring local benefit.

Administered by Groundwork UK, the Comic Relief Community Fund exists to support work across England that aligns with four strategic themes:

  • A Safe Place to Be: Supporting people to rebuild their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Children Survive and Thrive: Supporting children up to the age of 11 to grow, play and learn.
  • Gender Justice: Championing those who identify as women and girls, including initiatives tackling domestic violence, abuse or exploitation.
  • Mental Health Matters: Supporting good mental health in communities and tackling stigma and discrimination.

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations with a turnover of less than £250,000 can apply to the fund, which is split into two levels:

  • Capacity Building grants of up to £1,000 to be spent on activities to strengthen operations and governance. (All applications must include this grant).
  • Project Delivery grants of up to £9,000 to deliver projects that fit with the programme’s strategic themes.

Projects must be completed within 12 months of receiving the grant.

The deadline to apply is 30 November 2022.


How To Apply

Applications are open until 30 November 2022.

Please note the fund may close earlier than the deadline if sufficient applications are received before the date.

The first step in the application process is to complete an online Eligibility Checker. Eligible groups will then be given a link to the online application form.

Full guidelines and the Eligibility Checker can be found on the Groundwork website.


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