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Open 4 Business Portal

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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


Grants and Funding


Applications Open for Heat Network Efficiency Scheme (HNES) Demonstrator

21 October 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Heat Network Efficiency Scheme (HNES) Demonstrator has been set up to support performance uplifts to existing heat network or communal heating projects where outcomes for customers and operators are sub-optimal.

Heat networks supply heat from a central source to consumers, via a network of underground pipes carrying hot water. They can cover a large area or even an entire city, or be relatively local, supplying a small cluster of buildings. This avoids the need for individual boilers or electric heaters in every building.

The programme has an overall budget of £4.175 million. Applicants can apply for either revenue or capital grant funding. The scheme can provide up to 100% of eligible project costs for revenue grants and up to (but not including) 50% of eligible project costs for capital grants.

The budget for revenue grants is up to £375,000, to fund procurement or mobilisation of external support to carry out Optimisation Studies. These studies will assess heat network projects to identify causes of sub-optimal performance and recommend costed intervention or improvement measures.

The budget for capital grants is up to £3.8 million, to part-fund the delivery (installation) of eligible intervention/improvement measures. There is no upper or lower limit for capital grant funding bids; however, each application will be assessed on its own merits, and funding awards will be made subject to budget availability.

Applications are welcome from public, private and third sector organisations in England and Wales that are responsible for operating or managing existing district heat networks or communal heating systems, under either public, private or third sector ownership/operation. Applicants must be legal entities, with authority to sign-off investment decisions for the heat network they are responsible for.

How To Apply

Applications opened on 19 October 2021. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2021 (23:59 BST).

Applicants with any queries regarding the scheme or how to apply are encouraged to email [email protected]

Prospective applicants should email HNES to request an application form. The completed form should be submitted, with appropriate supporting information, to [email protected] by the close of the HNES Demonstrator application window.

More details can be accessed here


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