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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


Further COVID-19 Relief Funding for England's Airports

03 June 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Recognising the value of the aviation sector to UK economy, the Government has reopened a multimillion-pound scheme to support England’s commercial airports which have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS) is providing funding for airports and ground handlers, compensating for reduced revenue following the introduction of international travel restrictions designed to protect public health and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Applicants will be able to access up to £8 million each to support with fixed costs while curbs on travel remain in place. If successful, they should receive their funding by the end of the financial year.

The financial relief is intended to help cover losses on costs, including airfield operations, contracted services such as airfield and runway maintenance, and business rate bills.

Commercial airports in England with a valid commercial licence from no later than 3 March 2021 that operated at least 12 scheduled commercial passenger flights in 2019 are eligible. Ground handling companies providing as their primary function any of the handling service listed in EU Directive 96/67/EC directly to an airport user for scheduled commercial flights at a commercial airport in England, for a site or sites located in England ,can also apply.

Companies must have received, for their eligible site or sites in England, a business rates bill from their relevant local authority for the 2021 to 2022 financial year and demonstrate a forecasted COVID-19 loss for the six months to 30 September 2021.

The next deadline for applications is 20 June 2021.

How To Apply

Applicants must register and make their application to AGOSS through a dedicated online portal.

Applications will not be accepted via email.

More details can be accessed here

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Department for Transport (DfT)
    Great Minster House
    33 Horseferry Road
    SW1P 4DR
    Tel: 0300 330 3000


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