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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

Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund

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The purpose of the Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF) is to help all eligible public sector bodies to engage specialist and expert advice to identify and develop energy efficiency and low carbon heat upgrade projects for non-domestic buildings and then prepare robust and effective applications for the £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS).

The LCSF is intended to support eligible public sector bodies by helping to cover costs for the resources needed to create a robust and effective project application to the PSDS. This may require surveys, feasibility studies, consultancy, esource costs to identify and develop potential projects, such as building retrofits, low carbon heat generation, and enabling works for future heat decarbonisation.

The following public sector bodies in England are eligible to apply for the Grant Scheme. 

  • Central government departments and their arm’s length bodies. For central government departments where their roles are reserved (i.e. not devolved to Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Governments) funding may be used for estates located anywhere within the UK

  • Emergency services

  • Institutions of further and higher education

  • Local authorities

  • Maintained schools within the state education system, including academies

  • Multi-Academy Trusts and free schools

  • Nursery schools maintained by a local authority

  • NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts

  • Non-departmental public bodies.

Eligible public sector bodies that do not have the capabilities and resources required to submit an effective and robust application for the PSDS will be prioritised.

There is no minimum or maximum grant value and all applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 

Salix will review applications on a weekly basis.

The closing date for applications is dependent on the type of organisation that is applying:

  • Project development support for central government must submit their applications no later than 30 October 2020

  • Project development support wider public sector bodies must submit their applications no later than 4 December 2020.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Salix Finance
    25 Southampton Buildings
    WC2A 1AL
    Tel: 020 3043 8800
    Fax: 020 3043 8799
    Email: [email protected]

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