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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

Launch of the 2020 Ashden Awards to Promote Sustainable Energy

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These awards recognise renewable energy projects in the UK and the developing world, promoting local, sustainable energy.

The aim of the Ashden Awards is to promote the widespread use of local, sustainable energy, because of the environmental, social and economic benefits this provides. The awards reward outstanding and innovative renewable energy projects in developing countries and in the UK, with funding for future developments.

Through the scheme and related activities, these awards aim to persuade policymakers, funders and the wider public to recognise renewable energy efficiency as a crucial tool for addressing the urgent global issues of climate change, pollution and energy supply, as well as the social and economic needs of local communities across the globe.

The Ashden Award for International Development 2020 prize package is as follows:

  • Award of up to £20,000

  • National and international media exposure

  • Tailored support to develop work even further

  • Media materials to help tell a story

The Ashden Award for Cities 2020 prize package is as follows:

  • Prize money of £10,000 per award

  • National media exposure

  • Access to policymakers and investors

  • Ongoing tailored support to help expand work

  • Year-round speaking opportunities and networking events

In general, the awards are open to any type of organisation, including businesses, social enterprises, not-for-profits and public sector.

How To Apply

This is an annual programme.

Applications for the 2020 Ashden Awards opened on 4 November 2019. They will close on 11 December 2019 at 11.59pm.

Applications must be supported by three referees.

Winners will be announced in the spring.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy
    The Peak
    5 Wilton Road
    SW1V 1AP
    Tel: 020 7410 7023
    Email: [email protected]

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