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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

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Grants and Funding News
03Jun

Dairy Farmers Coronavirus Hardship Response Fund

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A new Dairy Response Fund will open for applications on 18 June 2020, Farming Minister Victoria Prentis has confirmed.

With some dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess milk due to the coronavirus outbreak, the new fund will help those most in need of support to sustain their business.

Recognising that dairy farmers have fixed costs of production, which some may have struggled to meet during the coronavirus outbreak, from 18 June farmers in England who have experienced 25% price losses in April and May will be able to apply for a single payment from the fund.

This funding, which will be paid out from 6 July, will help farmers maintain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare, following reduced demand for milk products as restaurants, bars and cafes have closed.

Qualifying farmers can apply for support to cover up to 70% of their losses due to coronavirus disruption across April and May, up to a total amount of £10,000 each.

To be eligible, farmers will need to demonstrate that they have suffered a reduction in the base price paid for their milk of 25% or more in April 2020 when compared with February 2020.

Further details of the fund and application process will be shared in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, dairy farmers who think they will be eligible can get ready now by preparing details of their production levels for February, April and May 2020.

Victoria Prentis said:

'The application process for our new dairy fund will begin shortly, helping farmers who have suffered losses to get the financial assistance they need to keep production going.

'There is no cap set on the number of farmers who can receive this support or on the total funding available, and we will do everything we can to help our farmers at this time.'

How To Apply

The fund will open for applications on 18 June 2020.

Assistance with submitting an application is likely to be provided by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).


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

  1. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
    Nobel House
    17 Smith Square
    London
    SW1P 3JR

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