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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

Enterprise Answers Loans

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Value Notes

  • Loans of £5,000 to £100,000 available over a maximum of ten years.

  • An arrangement fee of 2% of loan amount is payable.

  • The current interest rate for all loans is 8% to 12%.

Who Can Apply

Loans are available to:

  • Businesses based in Cumbria, Northumbria, Country Durham or North Lancashire.

  • People who would like to start a small business or develop their business further.

  • New or established social enterprises such as co-operatives and associations that have social benefit or community development as their objective.

Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with starting or growing a business.

How To Apply

Applicants should complete the online form on the Enterprise Answers Webpage.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries 
    Enterprise Answers 
    The Office 
    Mardale Road 
    CA11 9EH 
    Tel: 01768 867 118 
    Email: [email protected]

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