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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

Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP)

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Advance Notice – Capital funding through grants and loans for public, private and third sector organisations undertaking activities to boost the uptake of low carbon heating network projects for domestic and public buildings in England and Wales.

HNIP will offer grants and capital loans to both the public and private sectors in England and Wales, for networks serving two or more buildings. All HNIP funding mechanisms will be open to all applicant types - public, private and third sector, except central Government Departments.

Eligible Expenditure

The scheme is for Strategic, Optimised, Low Carbon District Heating projects which create no consumer detriment and meet the definition set out in the Heat Networks (Metering and Billing) Regulations 201419 to be eligible. These heat networks must be located in England and/or Wales.

Investment costs eligible for support under the HNIP scheme include:

  • The building of new heat networks (generation, distribution and customer supply).

  • Development of existing heat networks including expansions, refurbishment or the interconnection of existing networks where additional carbon savings can be demonstrated (which can include refinancing or acquisitions).

  • Commercialisation phase and construction costs.

  • Works to access recoverable heat.

  • Costs for heat network infrastructure connected to the generation plant.

Full application details and guidance can be found at this link here.

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