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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

Green Recovery Challenge Fund Opens for Applications

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The £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund is part of the Government’s wider green economic recovery, jobs and skills package.

Environmental charities in England can apply now for grants of between £50,000 and £5 million for projects taking place in England that contribute to at least one of the following themes:

  • Nature conservation and restoration, including ecosystem restoration and species recovery.

  • Nature-based solutions, particularly for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

  • Connecting people with nature.

Projects will be favoured that create or retain jobs, creating opportunities and benefits for all ages, including young people. The fund will create a broad range of jobs such as ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers in environment organisations, and support their suppliers in areas such as agricultural engineering, horticulture, and equipment and seed supply.

The funding can be used for both capital and core costs during the period 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2022.

The deadline for expressions of interest for grants of between £250,000 and £5 million is noon on 24 September 2020. The deadline for applications for grants of up to £250,000 is 2 October 2020 (noon).

How To Apply

Application help notes, the expression of interest guide and questions, and project plan template are available to download from the National Lottery Heritage Fund website. Access to the online grants portal is also via the Heritage Fund website.

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