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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


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Funding for Innovative Projects to Tackle Plastic Pollution in the UK Deadline 24 February 2019

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This one-off £1 million grant fund is accepting applications until 24 February.

Waitrose & Partners, working in partnership with the environmental charity Hubbub, is looking to support a small number of projects over one year starting in April 2019.

Grants of between £150,000 and £300,000 will be awarded to projects that can show they will have a significant measurable impact on plastic pollution and a clear legacy.

Projects need to address one of the following challenge areas:

  • Plastics in the community - projects encouraging and enabling plastic recycling and the circular economy linked to social impact.

  • Education - campaigns aimed at children and young people to raise awareness and change behaviour to reduce plastic pollution.

  • Public behaviour change - projects which focus on inspiring and enabling new ways of shopping and living sustainably.

  • Food, agriculture and farming - Focusing on finding alternatives, reducing use, and increasing reuse of plastics in the food, agriculture and farming industries as well as tackling food waste.

  • Microplastics - Projects aimed at identifying the impact, reducing the prevalence and preventing microplastic pollution.

The grant funding is for discrete projects or specific project activity rather than contributing to an organisation's core costs.

Collaborative applications from a range of partners will be welcomed but the lead application must be a registered body and be one of the following:

  • Charity

  • Academic Body

  • Community Interest Company

  • Social Enterprise with a clear charitable mission

  • Schools and Colleges

The deadline for applications is 24 February 2019 (23:59).

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