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Grants and External Funding

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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

FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund

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A fund for food businesses in the UK to offset the costs of sending good quality surplus food to good causes, helping the people who need it most.

Objectives of Fund

The FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund is aimed at offsetting the costs faced by food producing companies seeking to redistribute their edible surplus comestibles to charities and community groups helping vulnerable people.

The fund can also be used to unlock harder to reach surplus food, or surplus food that’s further up the supply chain.

Value Notes

The programme has an overall budget of £3 million available.

Businesses could be eligible for up to £50,000 worth of funding. Greater sums can be negotiated where appropriate for high volumes of surplus food.

Who Can Apply

Food production businesses in the UK that are seeking to redistribute additional surplus food items may qualify for support.


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Eligible Expenditure

Funding can be used to cover the additional staff costs needed for packing and sorting edible surplus food, or in building, implementing and managing new processes. It could also cover packaging and transportation costs, or lost income from the sale of surplus to animal feed or anaerobic digestion.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Interested parties are asked to complete a form on the funder’s website. They may also email [email protected] or call the funder on 020 7064 8911 to discuss participation in the programme.

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