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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


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Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Sustainable Future Programme

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Eligible Expenditure

The overall focus of the Fund is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm. Funding is available for work in the following areas:

Better economics - the Trust will fund work that:

  • Explores and promotes ways that well-being and sustainability, rather than traditional forms of economic growth, could be placed at the heart of public policy.

  • Explores and promotes mechanisms that could better align business and investor behaviour with environmental sustainability and the long-term public interest.

  • Researches and develops innovations and new practical models of enterprise that can be embedded within community practice.

  • Challenges future investment in, or subsidies for, fossil fuels.

Beyond consumerism - the Trust will fund work that:

  • Campaigns, initiatives and mechanisms which encourage radical, large scale shifts in behaviour and culture away from consumerism towards more sustainable ways of living.

  • Exploration of initiatives and models which promote positive alternatives to consumerism for a more fulfilled life.

  • Work which engages people individually and collectively in holistic and value-led approaches to transformed behaviour and lifestyle, as an alternative to consumerism.

New voices - the Trust will fund work that:

  • Campaigns and movements that give marginalised or under-represented groups a voice on issues of environmental and economic justice.

  • Initiatives that encourage organisations from outside the traditional environmental field to get involved in environmental justice.

  • Networks that link and support local environmental justice groups.

  • The replication of innovative local projects regionally or nationally.

The Trust is interested in funding work which:

  • Is about removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with.

  • Has a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them.

  • Is innovative and imaginative.

  • Where the grant has a good chance of making a difference.

How To Apply

The next deadline for applications is 2 December 2019 (9am) for a decision in late March 2020.

After reading the guidelines, applicants are advised to contact the Trust office by email or telephone to discuss their application. This should be done well before the application deadline.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust's website.

Payment Procedure

Payments for the grant are normally made quarterly in advance by electronic transfer.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
    The Garden House
    Water End
    YO30 6WQ
    Tel: 01904 627 810
    Email: [email protected]

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