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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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Condition Improvement Fund Opens for 2021-22

17 November 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is provided by the Department for Education to improve school buildings and expand academies and sixth-form colleges rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

CIF’s core priority is to support condition projects and the focus of the fund is to keep school and college buildings safe and in good working order. Most CIF funding aims to address building issues with significant consequences that revenue or Devolved Formula Capital (DFC) funding cannot meet. These include issues with poor building condition, building compliance, energy efficiency or health and safety.

The highest priority will be given to condition projects that address compliance and health and safety issues. These include fire protection systems, gas safety, electrical safety or emergency asbestos removal. Priority will then be given to projects that ensure weather tight buildings and continuous heating and water supply. CIF also supports a small proportion of expansion projects where Ofsted has rated the school either good or outstanding and which need to expand their existing facilities and/or floor space to either:

  • Increase the number of admissions in the main year of entry, or

  • Address overcrowding, including cases of recently approved age-range expansion and sixth form expansion.

To be eligible to apply for CIF funding, applicants must have been by 1 September 2020 either a:

  • Stand-alone academy

  • Multi-academy trust (MAT) with less than 5 academies or fewer than 3,000 pupils

  • Sixth-form college

  • Eligible voluntary-aided school

  • School with a signed academy order as of 1 September 2020 that the department expects will convert by 1 April 2021.

An initial proposal can be submitted for works expected to cost more than £20,000 (for primary and special schools) and £50,000 (for Secondary, all-through and sixth-form colleges) for initial approval prior to further development and final approval at a later stage. The maximum project cost for all schools is £4 million.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 14 January 2021.

How To Apply

Enquiries may be submitted using the EFA enquiry form.

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