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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


FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund

15 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A fund for food businesses in the UK to offset the costs of sending good quality surplus food to good causes, helping the people who need it most.

Objectives of Fund

The FareShare Surplus with Purpose Fund is aimed at offsetting the costs faced by food producing companies seeking to redistribute their edible surplus comestibles to charities and community groups helping vulnerable people.

The fund can also be used to unlock harder to reach surplus food, or surplus food that’s further up the supply chain.

Value Notes

The programme has an overall budget of £3 million available.

Businesses could be eligible for up to £50,000 worth of funding. Greater sums can be negotiated where appropriate for high volumes of surplus food.

Who Can Apply

Food production businesses in the UK that are seeking to redistribute additional surplus food items may qualify for support.


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Eligible Expenditure

Funding can be used to cover the additional staff costs needed for packing and sorting edible surplus food, or in building, implementing and managing new processes. It could also cover packaging and transportation costs, or lost income from the sale of surplus to animal feed or anaerobic digestion.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Interested parties are asked to complete a form on the funder’s website. They may also email [email protected] or call the funder on 020 7064 8911 to discuss participation in the programme.

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