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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

Relief Fund Launched for Zoos and Aquariums Affected by Coronavirus

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The Zoos Support Fund has been launched to aid licensed zoos and aquariums in England that have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Government's social distancing guidance has meant that zoos and aquariums have had to close temporarily for the safety of their staff and customers. During this time, zoos are working to ensure their animal welfare standards are upheld and the animals' health needs continue to be met.

The scheme will support the industry, in particular smaller zoos, during this challenging time, offering funding to help cover costs relating to animal-keeping such as feed, heating and security.

There is a total funding pot of £14 million, from which individual grants of up to £100,000 can be applied for. The level of support provided will be based on the animals' needs within the establishment.

Lord Goldsmith, Animal Welfare Minister, said:

'Even in these very difficult times, the Government remains absolutely committed to high standards of animal welfare.

'This new Zoo Support Fund is designed to help those that need additional support to maintain the welfare of their animals.

'We are continuing to engage with some of the largest zoos to respond to their additional specific concerns.'

Those who are in severe financial difficulties are advised to apply as soon as possible to avoid delays in payment.

How To Apply

There is no set deadline.

Those who are in severe financial difficulties are advised to apply as soon as possible to avoid delays in payment.

Those who have questions about the Zoos Support Fund or require more details of how to apply should contact Defra by email [email protected]

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
    Nobel House
    17 Smith Square
    SW1P 3JR
    Email: [email protected]

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