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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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Magic Little Grants to Open for Applications on 1 March

Health & Social Welfare

21 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Smaller charities and community groups across Great Britain can apply for one-off £500 grants from 1 March until 31 October 2023.

LocalGiving has announced that it will launch its annual Magic Little Grants scheme for the sixth year in a row with more money than last year.

Not-for-profit groups and organisations must be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000 in order to apply for a one-off grant of £500.

Organisations and the projects must be located within England, Scotland or Wales. Schools are eligible to apply if they are a registered charity.

The funding is for projects that fall within one of the following themes:

  • Providing support to improve mental health.
  • Enabling participation in physical activity.
  • Enabling participation in the arts.
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty.
  • Supporting marginalised groups and tackling inequality.
  • Improving biodiversity and responding to the climate emergency.
  • Improving green spaces and increasing access to the outdoors.

Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work. Successful applicants can expect to hear the outcome within six weeks.

Applications will be accepted from 1 March to 31 October 2023.


How To Apply

Localgiving members can log in to their account to access the online application.

For more information, visit the Localgiving website.


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