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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.


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Calling all community buildings

15 April 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Fellfoot Forward scheme can support community buildings to change to a low carbon, sustainable way of life and focus on opportunities to retrofit and renovate in harmony with the environment, utilising renewable energy, choosing natural materials, and nurturing an ethos of reduce, reuse, repair and recycle.

Grant funding support is available via the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme to help community buildings of heritage value in the area who want to make energy efficiency improvements to the fabric of their building and for user comfort. This could include but is not exclusive to; roof, floor or wall insulation, heat pumps, double glazing, LED replacement lighting systems, traditional lime plaster, water saving devices and solar PV installation.

The Heritage Community Buildings Fund is administered by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), a partner organisation within the Fellfoot Forward Partnership Scheme, and grants are available for groups and organisations who are involved in community heritage buildings projects that benefit the sustainability and well-being of Fellfoot communities.

For more details please access the website:

Fellfoot Forward Community buildings - North Pennines AONB

Please get in touch if you are planning energy conservation renovation works and improvements to a community building and would like support.

Email Roe Baker [email protected]

by 1st July 2021 in the first instance to check eligibility and to discuss potential projects.

Need Inspiration? Join us on the 22nd April at 7pm

As part of the Fellfoot Forward Community Buildings Project, volunteers Tom Speight and Richard Johnstone share their experience of restoring the Watson Institute in Castle Carrock.

Book your place here:

Restoring the Watson Institute webinar - North Pennines AONB


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