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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

Sustainable Innovation Fund - Temporary Framework Competition Launched

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected research and development (R&D) across all UK sectors, and Innovate UK (IUK) now wishes to help them recover, grow and create new opportunities from the aftermath of the global health pandemic.

Proposals must show evidence of key challenges as a direct consequence of COVID-19, and how the project can help solve them. In addition, IUK expects proposals to ensure that any recovery, growth and opportunity is clean and sustainable. Projects should consider COVID-19 recovery in a way that has a positive impact on climate change and/or environmental sustainability, and applicants should explain how this will be achieved, maintained and measured.

From an overall budget of £55 million, applicants can claim a maximum grant of £175,000 against their eligible project costs. Each project's total eligible costs must be between £100,000 and £500,000.

Industrial research and experimental development projects across a variety of technologies, markets, regions, technological maturities and research categories will be funded. Projects can focus on:

  • Decarbonisation, circular economy and/or biodiversity.

  • Climate change and environmental sustainability.

  • Geographic or regionally-targeted innovation.

  • Innovation that is aimed at commercial or residential users.

  • Innovations that work across more than one sector.

  • Follow-on international opportunities that help the UK lead the world.

These grants are for organisations that were not in difficulty on 31 December 2019, but have faced difficulties or entered into difficulty thereafter as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. A UK registered business of any size must lead a project or work alone. The lead must involve at least one SME. Projects must be able to be carried out in the UK, under the current restrictions of COVID-19. UK registered businesses, academic institutions, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations (RTOs) can collaborate with the lead.

Applications must be submitted by 29 July 2020 (11:00 BST).

How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Open: 29 June 2020

  • Competition closing date: 29 July 2020 (11:00 BST)

More details can be accessed at:

Applicants are encouraged to read the general guidance for applicants to help their chances of submitting a quality application.

Those requiring more information should contact the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email [email protected]

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