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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.

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Grants and Funding


Energy Redress Scheme Reopens to Applications

Energy, Environment & Climate

17 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to support vulnerable consumers, promote innovation and the reduction of carbon emissions in the energy sector.

Energy Saving Trust is administering the latest round of Energy Redress Scheme funding, with a funding pot of £3 million split across the following streams:

  • Small Project Fund: grants of between £20,000 and £49,999 for projects that will support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
  • Main Project Fund: grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 for projects that will support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
  • Innovation Fund: grants of between £20,000 and £200,000 for projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit energy consumers.
  • Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund: grants of between £20,000 and £200,000 for projects that encourage householders to reduce their carbon emissions.
  • The Main and Small Project funds are open only to registered charities while the Innovation and Carbon Emissions Reduction funds are also open to Community Interest Companies, Community Benefit Societies and Cooperative Societies.

Groups must be operating in England, Scotland or Wales to be eligible.

Grants can be used for capital or revenue funding and can provide up to 100% of the project cost. Projects lasting up to two years can be funded.

Organisations that have not yet registered with the scheme must do so 10 working days before the closure of the fund to allow time for eligibility checks to take place.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 30 January 2023.


How to Apply

The guidance notes and online application system (called the Charity Dashboard) can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Organisations wishing to access the Scheme must complete an online information form so that Energy Saving Trust can check whether they are eligible to apply. Charities that meet the initial criteria will be notified and will be emailed a link to create an account, through which they can apply for all subsequent rounds. 

When funds become available, eligible charities will be notified to use their online account to apply for funds. The system allows charities to create, review, save and submit funding applications in multiple rounds. Charities should only set up one account, which can have multiple users.

All applicants are usually notified of the outcome of their application with 6 to 8 weeks following a funding round closing.


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