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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

SMEs and small business finance

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Capalona offers access to alternative business finance for small business and SMEs based in the UK.

Objectives of Fund

The objective is to offer access to alternative funding options other than traditional forms of finance such as Commercial Bank finance. Capalona offers a wide portfolio of alternative funding options and a platform that helps match applications with the right funding product. It also offers solutions for businesses with a poor credit history or businesses that have encountered underwriting problems when applying for traditional commercial finance.

Value Notes

An unsecured business loan offers a straightforward funding solution. Businesses could borrow up to £500,000 or more without having to secure the loan against company assets, such as property, land or equipment.

A secured business loan allows businesses to access funds of up to £2 million by providing an asset as security for the loan.

Who Can Apply

UK business only, limited businesses, sole traders, start-up, LLP and partnerships are eligible.


United Kingdom.


There are no exclusions.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding can be used for all business purposes.

How To Apply

This is a rolling programme.

Enquiries may be submitted at any time.

Applications can be made online

Useful documents & links

Scheme - Guidance Document

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Finance Enquiries 
    Suite 3, Broncoed House 
    Broncoed Business Park 
    Wrexham Road 
    CH7 1HP 
    Tel: 0800 133 7042

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