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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Grants and Funding


Launch of the 2023 Ashden Awards for Climate Innovations

Energy, Environment & Climate

24 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

These awards recognise outstanding climate solutions projects in the UK and the developing world.

The Ashden Awards promote exceptional climate solutions and the environmental, social and economic benefits they can provide. For more than 20 years these awards have backed ideas delivering lower emissions, with grants and development support on offer to winners and finalists.

The initiative and its related activities aim to persuade policymakers, funders and the wider public to recognise renewable energy as a tool for addressing the urgent global issues of climate change, pollution and energy supply, as well as the social and economic needs of local communities.

The 2023 Awards aim to boost inclusive innovation creating a fairer low carbon world – tackling inequality and empowering communities on the frontline of the climate crisis through jobs, skills and training.

This year’s award categories include energy innovation, skills in sustainable land management, community nature adaptation, natural climate solutions, and more. Some categories focus on the UK, and others cover work in low- and middle-income countries.

Winners will receive a prize of £10,000 or £25,000 and a package of supplementary support.

Businesses, NGOs, government organisations, social enterprises and community groups are all eligible. Work must be currently available to clients, customers or beneficiaries. 

The deadline for applications is 8 March 2023 (23:59 GMT).


How To Apply

This is an annual programme.

Applications close on Wednesday 8 March 2023 (23:59 GMT).

Applications must be supported by three referees.

Winners will be announced in the spring.

For more information, visit the Ashden Awards website.


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