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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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Heritage Emergency Fund: apply for re-opening costs; deadline extended

25 June 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Apply for costs to help your organisation re-open and recover

We have expanded our £50million Heritage Emergency Fund criteria to help heritage organisations safely reopen in line with Government guidelines.

Are you eligible to apply?

We are now accepting applications for –

Costs associated with safely re-opening in line with Government guidelines

This could include:

  • additional staff to help manage queues or additional cleaning

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff and volunteers

  • implementing contactless payment methods

  • erecting temporary structures to help manage visitors such as shelter for queues or additional toilets

Please be aware that Government guidelines on how and when to reopen may vary across the UK.

Costs essential to preparing for recovery

This could include:

  • strategic reviews of business models, operating plans and business plans

  • investment to enable digital delivery of services

The deadline to apply has also been extended to 12noon on Friday 31 July.

We have already received more than 450 applications for support from heritage organisations across the UK since the Heritage Emergency Fund launched in April. We'd like to support many more.

Full details of the application process can be found at this link here.


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