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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


Grants are available for projects that aim to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

06 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

MCS Charitable Foundation grants are available to public and not-for-profit organisations across the UK for projects that aim to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the Foundation is to increase public confidence, awareness and access to renewable energy and low carbon solutions across the UK. The Foundation supports education and engagement programmes, funds research and facilitates innovative solutions to drive widespread adoption.

Value Notes

Grants are usually for between £5,000 and £50,000.

In exceptional cases higher amounts of up to £100,000 will be considered.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applications that have matched funding will be looked upon favourably.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from public organisations and not-for-profit companies as well as charities.


United Kingdom

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is usually awarded for specific time-bound projects that meet the Foundation’s mission of accelerating the widespread adoption of renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

Projects should have a UK-wide impact, either through having a national reach or through developing/demonstrating an innovative approach that could be replicated, adapted or scaled up. Projects that are specific to the context in the devolved nations and regions are welcome.

To be eligible, projects should fall into one of the following themes:

  • Education, skills and CPD.
  • Public awareness/information and consumer confidence.
  • Zero carbon planning.
  • Local zero carbon delivery initiatives.

Eligible projects should also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Seed funding for innovative initiatives.
  • Support delivery of a proof of concept.
  • Research to support innovation or capacity building in one of the themed areas.
  • Sharing good practice.

The Foundation is also open to applications that fall outside of these standard criteria if the applicant can make a strong case that the proposal could have a step-change impact in society’s action towards the Foundation’s mission.

How To Apply

The first step in the application process is to complete the enquiry form on the website of the Foundation as an initial expression of interest. This can be done at any time, and organisations are encouraged to do so in good time before a full application deadline.

After completing the enquiry form, applicants will be contacted by the Foundation and will receive a full application form if they meet the Foundation’s funding criteria.

The next application deadline is Monday 19 July 2021.

After each deadline, applications will be reviewed and shortlisted for interview by the Foundation, and a decision will be made by the Board of Trustees around two months following the deadline.

In exceptional circumstances, the Foundation will consider time-sensitive and compelling applications between grant rounds.

Further information and the initial enquiry form are available on the website of the MCS Charitable Foundation.

Useful links

MCS Charitable Foundation - Funding

Addresses and contacts

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

MCS Charitable Foundation
Suite F40
Innovation Centre
Sci-Tech Daresbury
Keckwick Lane
E-Mail: [email protected]


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