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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

Countryside Stewardship: Woodland Creation Grant

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Objectives of Fund

The Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant is a standalone capital grant offering funding to farmers and other land managers in England to plant and protect young trees. The grant provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items needed to create new woodland. This is undertaken through a two-year works programme. Subject to eligibility, a supporting maintenance grant for 10 years may also be available.

As well as enhancing the landscape, creating new woodland can support wildlife, reduce flood risk and improve water quality. It can also improve the environment’s resilience to climate change. Planting trees can also be a boost for business: by creating woodland on redundant or unused land, landowners could generate income through sales of timber, wood fuel and commercial shooting.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Natural England

Maximum value:

£ 6,800

Application deadline:

None specified

How To Apply

The Woodland Creation Grant is open for applications all year round.

All applicants must register themselves on Rural Payments ( before applying for woodland creation. They will receive a customer registration number (CRN) once registered.

Once an initial application has been submitted, a Forestry Commission Woodland Officer will work with the applicant to refine it before the final deadline. This includes a site visit.

The sponsor will process applications as quickly as possible but the advice is that applicants should anticipate it will take at least five months from submitting their application to receiving an agreement.

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. Enquiries
    Natural England
    Block B, Government Buildings
    Whittington Road
    WR5 2LQ
    Tel: 0300 060 3900
    Email: [email protected]

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