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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

Go to Grantway



Grants and Funding


Biffa Awards


17 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

It’s a special year for Biffa as it is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Since Biffa Award began, it has funded more than 3,000 projects and awarded a whopping £189 million! 

Are you looking for funding? The Main Grants Scheme is open all year round for applications. You can apply for grants between £10,000 and £75,000 under one of four themes:

  • Rebuilding Biodiversity
  • Cultural Facilities
  • Recreation
  • Community Buildings

Last year Biffa expanded the areas in which we it is able to fund so some sites that weren’t eligible before may be eligible now. You can check eligibility, access guidance notes and apply on the Biffa Award website. If you’ve got a bigger project in mind, the Partnership Grants Scheme will open for applications in the spring.


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