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Open 4 Business Portal

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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

Historic England's COVID-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund Open for Applications

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This £3 million temporary funding stream offers grants of up to £25,000 (plus any irrecoverable VAT) per property. The funding is for work that is urgently required and cannot proceed in the next 12 months without this funding. The work funded must be started before 31 October 2020 and completed by 30 September 2021.

In order to ensure the grant funding is focused on those most affected by COVID-19, priority will be given to applications seeking funding for:

  • Work required to address damage or deterioration exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis and not fully covered by insurance; or

  • Maintenance or minor repairs required prior to reopening a building or monument to the public following a period of closure due to lockdown.

Applications will be accepted from owners, leaseholders (with a 21 year full repairing lease), and charitable bodies and trustees responsible for the maintenance and repair of:

  • Buildings and structures listed at Grade I and II*, that are publicly accessible for a minimum of 28 days per year

  • Buildings and structures listed at Grade II that are publicly accessible for a minimum of 28 days per year only if they are situated in

    • either a conservation area and are a significant component of the character of that conservation area;

    • or in a Grade I or II* registered park and garden

  • Scheduled monuments that are publicly accessible for a minimum of 28 days per year

There is a two-stage application process.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Sunday, 28 June 2020.

How To Apply

Guidance notes and the Expression of Interest form are available to download from the Historic England website.

This is a competitive scheme for which there is a two-stage application process:

  • Expression of interest stage – submission deadline 28 June 2020

  • Full application stage – application deadline 31 August 2020

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Historic England
    4th Floor
    Cannon Bridge House
    25 Dowgate Hill
    EC4R 2YA
    Tel: 020 7973 3700
    Fax: 020 7973 3001
    Email: [email protected]

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