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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 Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS)

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Funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by Salix Finance, the Public Sector Decarbonisation Grant Scheme will allocate £1bn of grant funding which strongly aligns with BEIS’ mission and priorities: fighting coronavirus, backing business, unleashing innovation and tackling climate change.

Encouraging green investment aligning with the Government’s Net Zero and clean growth goals, the Grant Scheme will be available for capital energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects within public sector non-domestic buildings including central government departments and arm’s length bodies in England.

The main aims of the scheme are to:

  • Deliver stimulus to the energy efficiency and low carbon heat sectors, supporting jobs

  • Deliver significant carbon savings in the public sector.

The following public sector bodies in England are eligible to apply:

  • 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.

A joint application can be made for more than one eligible public sector body.

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

Eligible bodies can apply for up to 100% grant funding.

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

  • Public sector bodies which will require funding to be transferred between Government Departments at Supplementary Estimates must submit their applications no later than 9 November 2020.

  • For all other eligible organisations, the closing date for the submission of applications is 11 January 2021.


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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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