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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


Co-op Foundation Announces Carbon Innovation Fund for Food and Farming Sector

Environment Funding

16 November 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A new £3 million fund will open to applications on 22 November 2021.

Funding is available to organisations operating in and supporting the UK's food and farming sector for projects and activities designed to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The three-year, £3 million Carbon Innovation Fund is being delivered in partnership by the Co-op Foundation and the Co-op. The funding has been donated by the Co-op through the sale of compostable carrier bags in the UK.

The fund is seeking to support projects and activities which include those with a focus on:

  • Farming and food production practices.
  • Initiatives around regenerative agriculture/agroecology.
  • Community supported agriculture initiatives.
  • Supporting diversity, resilience and learning amongst key players in the food and farming sector.
  • Behaviour change (amongst consumers or producers).

Applications will be accepted from organisations based in the United Kingdom, including those in the community, public and private sectors. Applications are welcomed from organisations working in partnership.

Funding of between £75,000 and £100,000 is available. In most cases, funding will be offered as a grant, but in some circumstances, it may be offered as an interest-free loan or equity investment.

First stage applications will open on 22 November 2021 and close at noon on 10 December 2021.


How To Apply

First stage applications will open on 22 November 2021 and close at noon on 10 December 2021.

A pre-launch webinar to talk through the fund will take place at 11am on 17 November 2021.

For more information, visit the Co-op Foundation website.

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Co-op Foundation Team
    Co-op Foundation
    9th Floor
    1 Angel Square
    M60 0AG
    Tel: 08437 519251
    Email: [email protected]

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