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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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Forestry Commission Launches England Woodland Creation Offer

09 June 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Landowners and farmers across England are being offered greater financial incentives to plant and mange trees through the new England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO), which is now open to applications.

With £15.9 million available in its first year, the scheme will give greater recognition of the public and environmental benefits that woodlands bring, by providing additional incentives to ensure the right tree is planted in the right place, and for the right reason.

The scheme will support the creation of a range of woodland types and sizes, including:

  • Along rivers to improve the water environment.
  • Through natural colonisation where woodlands are created through natural processes by trees growing from seeds which fall and germinate there.
  • Where their location and design will provide public benefits including greater access.

The grant can cover 100% of eligible standard capital costs of woodland creation, meaning costs are covered for buying and planting the trees, and then maintaining them for 10 years.

Interested parties can apply year-round.

How To Apply

Interested parties can apply year-round.

Applications are made online.

Application forms can be downloaded from the scheme website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    England Woodland Creation Offer – EWCO
    Forestry Commission
    National Office, England
    620 Bristol Business Park
    Coldharbour Lane
    BS16 1EJ
    Email: [email protected]


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