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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

Architectural Heritage Fund Launches £7 million Heritage Impact Fund

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The new Heritage Impact Fund (HIF) is a joint initiative between the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland and the Welsh Government's historic environment service, Cadw.

The Fund offers tailored, flexible loans of between £25,000 and £500,000 for up to three years to charities, social enterprises and community businesses that want to acquire, reuse or redevelop historic or architecturally important buildings in the UK.

It aims to help deliver projects that support the sustainability of historic buildings as well as support organisations with a clear social mission seeking to deliver demonstrable local economic and community impact.

Projects can focus on buildings that are listed, in a Conservation Area, or of special significance to the local community and are expected to have the following outcomes:

  • Be financially viable and help support the objectives of the organisation.

  • Provide impact to or benefits for the community in which the building is based.

Loans can be used for a wide variety of activities including working capital during the construction phase of a project, capital to grow the scope of a business or to finance the acquisition of a property. Incentivised terms are available to provide greater assistance to those organisations and projects that will deliver enhanced local economic and community impact.

Applications can be made at any time.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Investment Team
    The Architectural Heritage Fund
    3 Spital Yard
    E1 6AQ
    Tel: 020 7925 0199
    Email: [email protected]

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