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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

Innovation Continuity Loans: Strand 2 (October 2020) Follow-on Competition

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Innovation continuity loans are available for SMEs and third sector organisations in the UK that are at risk of not continuing planned or existing innovation activity due to a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds directly related to COVID-19.

Innovate UK’s Innovation Loans scheme aims to provide finance that is affordable, patient and flexible for later-stage innovation projects that have a clear route to commercial success and economic impact.

Loans are aimed at innovative micro, small and medium-sized businesses or third sector organisations that will be able to manage a loan, but may struggle to access finance or need to raise funds alongside offers from commercial lenders or schemes backed by the British Business Bank.

The loans are designed to help those organisations that have a challenge in continuing, completing or following on an innovation project and those that find themselves facing a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds resulting directly from the COVID-19 pandemic.

How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Open: 1 October 2020

  • Competition closing date: 4 November 2020 (12:00 GMT).

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]

Innovation continuity loans will be available for commitment until 31 December 2020.

More details can be accessed here

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