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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.


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Green Recovery Challenge Fund Opens for Applications

15 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund is part of the Government’s wider green economic recovery, jobs and skills package.

Environmental charities in England can apply now for grants of between £50,000 and £5 million for projects taking place in England that contribute to at least one of the following themes:

  • Nature conservation and restoration, including ecosystem restoration and species recovery.

  • Nature-based solutions, particularly for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

  • Connecting people with nature.

Projects will be favoured that create or retain jobs, creating opportunities and benefits for all ages, including young people. The fund will create a broad range of jobs such as ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers in environment organisations, and support their suppliers in areas such as agricultural engineering, horticulture, and equipment and seed supply.

The funding can be used for both capital and core costs during the period 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2022.

The deadline for expressions of interest for grants of between £250,000 and £5 million is noon on 24 September 2020. The deadline for applications for grants of up to £250,000 is 2 October 2020 (noon).

How To Apply

Application help notes, the expression of interest guide and questions, and project plan template are available to download from the National Lottery Heritage Fund website. Access to the online grants portal is also via the Heritage Fund website.

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