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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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Lloyds Bank Foundation Launches New £3m Racial Equity Fund

Health & Social Welfare

04 April 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Unrestricted funding for small charities and CICs led by and working with people who face inequity because of their race or ethnicity.

Lloyd Bank Foundation for England and Wales have launched a new £3 million funding programme with a focus on supporting people experiencing racial inequity to break free from poverty and achieve their potential. It anticipates that 40 grants will be awarded across England (excluding London) and Wales.

Registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) and community interest companies (CICs) who are led by the communities they serve and with an annual income between £25,000 and £500,000, can apply for a three-year, unrestricted grant of up to £75,000. Alongside the funding, the Foundation will offer each charity or CIC a range of tailored additional support to help organisations to strengthen, be more resilient and develop further.

The funding will support organisation who are delivering their services in the following way:

  • In-depth services – delivering a range of services supporting individuals through a structured pathway over a prolonged period. This could include services to overcome immediate needs but will also lead to longer-term support.
  • Personal plans – working together with the people they support to understand the challenges they may be experiencing and agree on how to help them find a way to overcome them.

A free information webinar and live Q&A panel will be held on 20 April 2023 (10:30 am to 12:00 pm). Registration is required and can be done via eventbrite.

The deadline for grant applications is 31 May 2023 (5pm).


How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2023 (5pm). Applications will be considered in a panel on 4 October 2023.

A free information webinar and live Q&A panel will be held on 20 April 2023 (10:30 am to 12:00 pm). Registration is required and can be done via eventbrite.

The guidance notes and all other relevant documents can be found on the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales website.


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