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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 for Charities to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Great Britain

15 April 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

There is a total budget of £750,000 for the April 2021 round.

Grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 are available for projects that:

  • Demonstrate measurable and lasting reductions in the carbon intensity of energy end use and accelerate the transition to net zero carbon.
  • Show a realistic prospect of delivering broadly replicable benefits to existing and/or future energy consumers.
  • Prove to be efficiently managed throughout the project.

Examples of the types of carbon emissions reduction projects that could be funded include (but are not limited to):

  • Capital or development funding to bridge the viability gap and enable the development of renewable energy projects which benefit energy consumers.
  • Projects which explore innovative approaches to engaging end users with carbon saving measures such as demand side management, virtual power plants, smart EV charging, microgrids etc.
  • Innovative projects increasing community ownership of - or engagement with - energy assets which reduce carbon emissions.
  • Initiatives that seek to increase the uptake, accessibility and affordability of carbon reduction improvements for energy consumers such as renewable heating and power or super insulation.

The funding can support both capital and revenue costs for projects lasting up to two years.

Applications will be accepted from registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process.

The deadline for applications is 6 May 2021 (5pm).

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