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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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Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

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The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund was established in December 1950 by the late William Rees Jeffreys (1872-1952).  He was a lifelong campaigner for roads and first Secretary of the Road Board.  The Fund provides grants for projects and research concerning the improvement of public highways.  It also funds bursaries for postgraduate study in the transport profession.

Objectives of Fund

The Fund provides support for education and research in transport, and helps fund projects that improve the roadside environment for motorists and other road users.

Value Notes

There is no upper or lower limit for grant applications although grants most commonly fall in the range £5,000 - £25,000.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include: charities, trusts, universities, agencies, academics, students or researchers based in the United Kingdom with an interest in roads and/or transportation.


United Kingdom

Terms and Conditions

The Fund favours projects which lie outside the scope of other funders such as Government agencies and research councils.

Applicants must demonstrate a sound understanding of the subject of the application and familiarity with related work in that field.


Although there are no specific exclusions cited in the scheme's guidelines, potential applicants should contact the Trust directly to ensure that projects meet the scheme's eligibility criteria.

Eligible Expenditure

The use of funds must be in accordance with the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund’s charitable objects which are:

  • To contribute to the cost of lectures, studies and scholarship calculated to foster the improvement of design and layout of public highways and adjoining land.

  • To promote schemes for the provision of roadside parks and open spaces.

  • To encourage the improvement of existing and provision of additional public highways, bridges, tunnels, footpaths, verges, and cycleways to secure the maximum of safety and beauty.

  • To do any other matter or thing which may conduce to the carrying out of the foregoing object and thereby carry out the wishes and continue the life work of the founder.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered at the first available Trustee meeting. Anyone considering applying to the Fund must, in the first instance, contact the Secretary at [email protected] to register their interest. Applicants will be asked to provide a short outline of their proposal with an indication of the amount of funding being sought.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Brian Murrell
    Rees Jeffreys Road Fund
    7 The Grove
    UB10 8QH
    Tel: 0560 384 9370
    Email: [email protected]

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