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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.




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Sport England Adds Two New Priorities to Small Grants Fund

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14 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to encourage greater participation in sport and physical activity across the country.

To commemorate the Coronation in 2023, Sport England has widened its Small Grants focus to include the following areas, which are of personal interest to His Majesty the King:

  • Projects which focus on sustainability while reducing the impact on the environment, such as purchasing locally made equipment to extend capacity in a club or using local community assets to minimise travel.
  • Projects which focus on developing skills in young people. This could include supporting them through coaching qualifications or relevant sports administration courses or trying new sessions to bring new participants into the club.

In general, the aim of the fund is to bring communities together and provide sport and physical activities for people who may be less physically active.

Applications are accepted from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, schools operating for wider community benefit and local authority bodies.

The fund offers grants of £300 to £15,000 to projects across England. These can be spent on a variety of costs relating to project implementation and delivery including coaching, equipment and minor facility alterations.

The deadline to apply is 30 June 2023.


How To Apply

The deadline to apply is 30 June 2023.

Guidance notes and the online application form are available on the Sport England website.


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