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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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Postcode Trust Opens 3 April for North and East of England (Brief Application Window)


28 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding for smaller charities and good causes in the north of England or the east of England to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet.

Funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Postcode Trusts offer grants of between £500 and £25,000 to not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £1 million in the most recent financial year.

The amount of grant depends on the type of not-for-profit legal structure:

  • Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with the Charity Commission can apply for between £500 and £2,500 in funding. These grants are intended for constituted organisations with no charity number, excepted and exempted charities and companies limited by guarantee with an asset lock
  • Applicants that are registered with the Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £25,000 in funding. These grants are intended for community interest companies with an asset lock (schedule 1 and 2 only), community benefit societies, and charities registered with the Charity Commission

The funding is for projects that have a clear alignment with one of the Trust's 2023 themes:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Enabling community 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.

The funding should be spent within 18 months.

In 2023, both project funding and unrestricted funding will be provided.

  • Project funding is specifically for programmes of work which are limited in scope and seek to achieve particular outcomes.
    • This may include core costs related to the delivery of the project such as utilities, salaries, venue hire, and other costs which make the activities possible
  • Unrestricted funding can be used for anything within an organisation’s charitable objects apart from what is listed in the ‘We do not fund’ list in the Trust's 2023 guidance notes which can be found on the Trust’s website).

There will be three funding rounds in 2023. For each round, this window will be open for a minimum of 24 hours, starting at 10am on the nominated date, that is, 3 April, 3 July and 2 October.

The first round opens for applications at 10am on 3 April 2023 for a minimum of 24 hours.


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