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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

Global Call for Green Alternatives to Plastic Bags - Deadline Extended

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The Beyond the Bag Challenge seeks to identify innovative new design solutions to create a system that serves the function of the current retail bag in a serviceable manner which is sustainable and eco-friendly.

Successful solutions must strive to be compatible in diverse retail environments, deliver the ease and convenience of the single-use plastic bag, and reduce or eliminate the environmental impact. Solutions may include reusable models, bagless solutions and innovative materials.

Individuals, teams of individuals and legal entities from all countries and territories are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Winning ideas will receive a portion of US $1 million (approx. £760,000) of non-equity funding, ranging from US $50,000 (approx. £37,600) to US $200,000 (approx. £150,000). They will also participate in a Circular Accelerator programme to receive further assistance in scaling, and access testing and potential piloting opportunities.

The deadline for submission of applications has been extended to is 2 October 2020.

How To Apply

To apply, interested parties are invited to share their ideas through an online platform, accessible at the funder's website

If you have questions, please email us at [email protected]

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