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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

Coronavirus Hardship Fund for England's Dairy Farmers Launches Soon

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The dairy industry is the UK’s largest farming sector, with milk accounting for around 17% of total agricultural output in 2018. Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the industry has faced challenges of excess milk, falling prices and reduced demand from the hospitality sector.

The upcoming Dairy Farmers Coronavirus Hardship Fund will enable farmers in England to access funding to help them overcome the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The new funding will support farmers, who together continue to produce over 40 million litres of milk every day, and have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close.

While many farmers have already rerouted their milk supplies to retailers and supermarkets, which have seen increased demand in recent weeks, this scheme aims to give farmers in the greatest need the financial assurance to ensure they can remain operational, sustain production capacity and continue to meet animal welfare demands at this time.

Eligible farmers will be entitled to up to £10,000 each, to cover 70% of their lost income during April and May.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said:

'Our dairy industry plays a crucial role in feeding our nation and we are doing all we can to ensure they are properly supported during this time.

'We've already relaxed competition laws so dairy farmers can work together through the toughest months, but recognise there is more to be done.

'We will continue to stand alongside our dairy farmers through this difficult period.'

The scheme is yet to open. More detail will be issued in due course.

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