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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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Deadline Approaching for Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities


27 July 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Groups can still apply for funding to deliver targeted projects aimed at veterans with specific, complex needs.

There are two weeks left to apply for Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s new programme to drive sustainable change for Armed Forces personnel.

Grants of up to £100,000 over two or three years are available. In the case of three-year grants, funding will be tapered over the three years.

Applications are accepted from charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) in the UK which have been registered for a minimum of three years. Groups do not need to be Armed Forces-specific, but must be willing to work in partnership with Armed Forces organisations.

Projects should support serving personnel and/or their families or veterans and their families. Specific groups which could be targeted include:

  • People who have been bereaved.
  • Those with unmet needs from physical injury.
  • People serving in the Armed Forces who were born overseas or with immediate family overseas.
  • Armed Forces families coming to the UK.
  • Veterans from LGBT+ communities.
  • Female veterans.
  • Veterans and families with needs that make them particularly vulnerable.

Activities could explore socio-economic considerations or needs relating to disabilities or mental health needs such as addiction. Support for communities that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic could also be considered.

The deadline to apply is 8 August 2022 for decisions in October 2022.


How To Apply

There are two application windows:

  • 8 August 2022, for decisions in October 2022.
  • 14 November 2022, for decisions in February 2023.

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


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