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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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Defra Announces Countryside Stewardship Grants are Open for 2019

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The 2019 Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme is now open for farmers, foresters and land managers to request 2019 application packs.

These agreements provide a long-term source of income to those who deliver environmental benefits on their land – including habitats for wildlife, pollinator plots and increased biodiversity. The provider has introduced improvements to make the scheme easier to apply for in 2019.

Farmers and land managers in England who are new to taking on environmental work or with expired or expiring Environmental Stewardship agreements can apply for:

  • Mid Tier – Farmers and land managers can choose from all available multi-year options and capital items to form an agreement which delivers local environmental benefits. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.

  • Higher Tier – Applicants managing more complex land in environmentally significant sites, commons or woodlands which requires support from Natural England or the Forestry Commission. The deadline for applications is 3 May 2019.

  • Wildlife Offers – Designed to help guide farmers to the most straightforward options for their farm type, making it easier and simpler to secure a CS agreement. Offers are split into different packages for farm types: arable, lowland grazing, upland, and mixed farming. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.

  • Hedgerows and Boundaries – Provides grants for farmers to restore existing farm boundaries and hedgerows on their land. The deadline for applications is 3 May 2019.

Farming Minister George Eustice said:

"We have taken steps to simplify the Countryside Stewardship scheme to make it easier to access.

"As we start to move future farming policy towards schemes that deliver sustainable food production, entering a Countryside Stewardship agreement can be an important first step and all agreements are guaranteed for their full lifetime."

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