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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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Funding Available for Tree-Planting Projects in UK

29 May 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Each November, the Tree Council organises National Tree Week at the start of the tree planting season. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of trees and to encourage tree planting and good management.

Applications are now being accepted from schools, community groups, members of Tree Warden Networks and parish and town councils that want to undertake well-planned tree and hedge planting projects which involve young people aged up to 21.

Projects have to take place this winter (November 2020 – March 2021), preferably during National Tree Week (28 November – 6 December 2020). If funded projects cannot go ahead at any time this winter due to social distancing restrictions related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, then the delivery deadline of the grant will be extended to the following year.

This year, the Tree Council will fund 100% of the cost (excluding VAT) of strong applications from £300 to an increased upper limit of £1,500.

The grants can be used for:

  • Buying trees, hedges and fruit trees.

  • Reasonable costs of supports and aids - stakes, ties, cardboard guards (not plastic ones), mulch, fertiliser and peat-free soil amelioration products (only where conditions make this necessary).

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis.

How To Apply

Applications will be considered as they are received and organisations will be informed of the outcome of their application within four weeks.

The application form, guidance notes and supporting resources are available on the website of the Tree Council.

Completed applications should be submitted by email.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Geraldine Creaven
    Tree Council
    4 Dock Offices
    Surrey Quays Road
    SE16 2XU
    Email: [email protected]


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