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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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Hubbub Announces Further Community Fridge Hub Grants


04 April 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding for organisations to expand their community fridge into further food-based provision.

Organisations in the UK with an active community fridge can now apply for a grant to develop additional ‘food hub’ activities for local residents.

The funding is intended to increase the social and environmental impact of community fridges by allowing them to deliver their own activities that will bring local people together and provide access to healthy, affordable and sustainable food. This could include skill-sharing, growing, meals on wheels initiatives and community meals or cooking.

Successful applicants will each receive a grant of £7,000, which can be spent on the following:

  • Materials relating to the Food hub activity (eg, cooking or food growing equipment).
  • Utilities relating to the delivery of the project activity (eg, power or water).
  • Staffing costs to cover the time spent planning and delivering the activity.
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • Display materials, signage and information.
  • Training for the activity delivery team such as food hygiene and safeguarding.

The fund is open to constituted voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, providing they are already registered with the UK Community Fridge network.

There will be an online information session at 2pm on 20 April 2023.

The deadline to apply is 23.59 on 31 May 2023.


How To Apply

The deadline to apply is 23.59 on 31 May 2023.

There will be an online information session at 2pm on 20 April 2023.

Full guidelines and a link to register for the webinar can be found on the Hubbub website.


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