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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

Funding to Support Delivery of Smart Meters to People Over 65

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The Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund was set up by Smart Energy GB, the national consumer engagement body supporting the smart meter rollout across England, Scotland, and Wales.

This year, grants of between £15,000 and £25,000 and other support are available to regionally based organisations that can deliver support to people over the age of 65 who are currently unaware of smart meters and who are unlikely to have personal internet access and/or who are on a low income.

Applications will be considered from 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 people supported).

Projects need to address the objectives of the fund, which are to:

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

  • Limit rejection of smart meters and ensure people aged over 65 unaware of smart meters have the opportunity to understand and engage with the smart meter rollout.

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

All projects must be completed by 9 December 2020.

The deadline for applications is Friday 21 February 2020.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is Friday 21 February 2020. The funder aims to appoint successful projects in mid March, with delivery running until 9 December 2020.

Guidance notes and the online application form are available through the NEA website.

Payment Procedure

Payment of grant is made via BACS transfer and takes between 7 and 10 working days to reach the grant recipient's account. Payment will be made in the following proportions:

  • 70% at commencement of project.

  • 30% on satisfactory completion of monitoring and evaluation requirements.

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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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