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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


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IUK Funding for Foundation Industries to Recover from COVID-19 Crisis

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Innovate UK (IUK) is investing in innovation projects supporting the recovery, growth and productivity of the UK's foundation industries (cement, paper, glass, ceramics, metals and bulk chemicals) following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The aim is to help these industries remain globally competitive and become more environmentally sustainable.

IUK is looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, sectors, technological maturities and research categories. Projects must demonstrate how they address resource or energy efficiency of foundation industries and support resilience and sustainability of the sector and its supply chains.

IUK has allocated up to £8 million to fund new innovations in this competition. Projects must have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £1 million. They should start by 1 April 2021 and last between 3 and 12 months.

Both single applicants and cross-sector collaborations are invited. A UK business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO) carrying out project work in the UK may lead a project. Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone. Research and technology organisations cannot work alone.

A UK registered organisation collaborating with the lead must be a business of any size, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation or RTO. If the lead organisation is an RTO, the project team must contain at least two businesses of any size.

The competition opens on 3 August 2020 and the deadline for applications will be 4 November 2020 (11:00 GMT).

How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Open: Monday 3 August 2020

  • Competition closing date: Wednesday 4 November 2020 (11:00 GMT)

More details can be accessed here

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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