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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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National Lottery Community Fund Outlines Cost-of-Living Support Strategy

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31 October 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The funder has given details on plans for responding to communities in need in the coming months.

In light of the emerging economic crisis, the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has sent out a message to community organisations across the UK working to support beneficiaries during this time, ensuring its commitment to flexible and responsive support.

David Knott, CEO of NLCF, has described four principles which will shape the response:

  • Keeping all funding open and available, with an expected £75 million committed to supporting communities on cost-of-living over the next year.
  • Bringing a flexible and adaptable approach to grant-making, allowing variations and adjustments to grants underway to reflect cost of living pressures.
  • Maintaining a commitment to people and communities, with a focus on allowing communities to guide funding decisions and recognising where the most difference can be made.
  • Working with others to draw on knowledge, insight, and foresight to build a picture of what is happening and making this available to help influence approaches across the board.

As the situation is constantly changing and evolving, the Fund’s approach will be regularly reviewed in response to engagement with stakeholders and communities.

Groups are encouraged to look out for further strategy updates on Putting Communities First.

Information on available funding can be found on the NLCF website.


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