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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

Smart Energy GB Launches Communities Fund 2019

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The Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund was set up by Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter rollout. Every home in Britain will be offered a smart meter by 2020 at no additional cost, and Smart Energy GB is responsible for helping everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use the new meters to get their gas and electricity under control.

This year, the fund is focused on supporting people over the age of 65 to help address their concerns. Unlike previous years, there will be one main funding round with grants of between £15,000 and £25,000 being made available.

The funding is for projects that address the 2019 objectives of the fund, which are to:

  • Address the concerns that people aged over 65 have about smart meters.

  • Limit rejection of smart meters by people aged over 65.

  • Increase the number of people aged over 65 getting a smart meter.

Projects should start from 27 May and finish by 11 December 2019.

Applications will be accepted from large, regionally based organisations ideally with local networks with substantial face-to-face reach that can deliver support to people over the age of 65 (ideally around 1,500 to 2,500 people supported). Housing associations and local authorities are eligible to apply too.

The deadline for applications is 9 April 2019

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    National Energy Action (NEA)
    West One
    Forth Banks
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 3PA
    Tel: 0191 269 2901
    Email: [email protected]

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