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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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Cost of Living Support Available for Youth Organisations across the UK

Cost of Living

07 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Charitable and not-for-profit youth organisations delivering high-quality youth provision whose work is being hindered, curtailed, or cut back due to rising core costs can apply for funding to address these unprecedented demands.

UK Youth, in partnership with Pears Foundation, is offering unrestricted multi-year grants for charitable and not-for-profit youth organisations across the UK with an annual turnover of less than £500,000 to help them cover rising prices and increased costs due to the cost-of-living crisis.

Through the Cost-of-Living Fund, a total of £4.5 million is available to provide multi-year grants of approximately 10% of the turnover of an organisation per year. For example, an organisation with a turnover of £250,000 can apply for up to £25,000 a year for three years. These are intended to help bring stability to youth organisations and to help mitigate the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, ensuring groups can cover bills, pay staff salaries, and continue to operate.

Successful applicants will receive three grant payments, each a year apart.

Applications can be submitted at any time. 


How To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Applications requesting £10,000 a year or less will be fast-tracked and should receive a notification on the outcome of their application within 3 to 4 weeks of applying. Applications for more than £10,000 a year will receive a notification on the outcome of their application within 7 weeks of applying.

UK Youth will be providing further information and Q&A sessions at weekly open webinars taking place from 2 February 2023 until 30 May 2023. Applicants can book a place on the UK Youth Website.


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