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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

National Lottery Community Fund Launches Climate Action Fund

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The Climate Action Fund is a new 10-year, £100 million fund set up with money provided by the National Lottery Community Fund with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of communities across the UK.

The funding is expected to support a mix of different places, communities, themes and initiatives, across the UK.

The following funding is available through phase one:

  • Up to £200,000 over 18 months for initial development funding for groups that need more time to develop their partnership, engage widely or test their approaches.

  • Up to £2.5 million over five years for groups that might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage.

It is expected that the initial round will support around 15 community-led partnerships.

The funding is for activities that have the potential to make a meaningful and lasting difference on the carbon footprint of communities. This includes action on sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption (food and waste), and the natural environment. To make a real difference, projects might need to have an impact on a number of those areas.

The funding can be used for:

  • Staff salaries

  • Project activities

  • Engagement activities

  • Learning and evaluation

  • Running costs

  • Equipment

  • Organisational development

  • Some capital costs.

Further funding rounds will be available at a later stage.

The deadline for initial ideas to be submitted for the first phase of funding is 18 December 2019.


How To Apply

Application deadline for the first phase of funding::

  • Initial ideas must be submitted by email to [email protected] by 5pm Wednesday 18 December 2019.
  • Full proposals must be submitted by midday Friday 27 March 2020.

The criteria and application information are available on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    National Lottery Community Fund (Big Lottery Fund)
    1 Plough Place
    EC4A 1DE
    Tel: 0345 4 1020 30
    Email: [email protected]


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