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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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Year Three of Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Welcome Programme


22 March 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to help BN(O) status holders and their eligible family members settle into their new communities in the UK.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is offering grants for organisations working to enable BN(O) status holders and their family members to contribute to life in the UK both economically and socially, and ensure they feel safe and welcome in doing so.

The programme comprises two separate funding strands:

  • Regional VCSE Grant Scheme (up to £1.4 million across the 9 regions in England) offers grants of £20,000 to £40,000. It aims to provide community support to BN(O) status holders in regions across England in areas such as ‘buddying’ and befriending, help to access services, such as registering for GPs or opening bank accounts, and employment support. This is being delivered in partnership with the Strategic Migration Partnerships and applications should align with regional priorities.
  • National VCSE Grant Scheme (up to £1.2 million) will support around five organisations/consortiums with grants of £150,000 to £300,000. It aims to provide national support to BN(O) status holders in areas such as employment, mental health and wellbeing, to complement what is being delivered locally.

Applications will be accepted from voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations with experience supporting the integration of BN(O) status holders, as well as groups who have the relevant skills and resources to support effective settlement and to help build strong community cohesion.

For the regional strand, there is particular interest in smaller organisations with local knowledge. Organisations wishing to apply to the national strand must be larger, with UK-wide reach.

Projects must be completed by March 2024.

The deadline to apply is midnight on 31 March 2023.


How To Apply

The deadline for all applications is midnight on 31 March 2023.

A funding prospectus and digital application form can be found on the GOV.UK website.


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