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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


Funding to Support England’s Heritage Sector at Risk Due to COVID-19

19 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The new £1 million programme is intended to help previously sustainable organisations that care for, work with, or manage historic buildings to fund consultancy support to develop new operating models and business plans, where the impact of COVID-19 means the organisation is at risk of no longer trading viably by March 2021. The funding aims to enable organisations to achieve a clear plan towards future financial viability and help them remain resilient during a challenging time.

Grants of up to £50,000 per organisation are available (with potentially a further round to follow in early 2021).

The funding is to be used to commission specialist support from consultants to help achieve a clear adaptable and flexible plan towards future financial viability. This may be actioned through adapting the existing business plan or developing a new plan or operating model for the most cost-effective route to sustainability that will be viable beyond March 2021, with the aim of helping secure the building and the community’s interest in it.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 9 November 2020 (12pm) with decisions expected in early December 2020.

The guidance notes and online application form are available from the AHF website.

Payment Procedure

Grants can be paid 50% in advance with the remaining 50% paid once the work has been completed.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    The Architectural Heritage Fund
    3 Spital Yard
    E1 6AQ
    Tel: 0207 925 0199
    Email: [email protected]


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