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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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Low Carbon Lake District Grant Scheme re-opens for registrations

23 September 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding is available to community groups and businesses from a range of sectors operating in the Lake District National Park, for delivery of projects that reduce operational carbon footprint. Examples include renewable energy generation and energy efficiency projects.

Qualifying organisations will be awarded up to 60% of project costs, helping to make the move to low carbon technologies and practices more affordable.

The registration form and guidance can be found on the Lake District Foundation website,

Sarah Swindley, CEO, Lake District Foundation says: “It’s fantastic that there’s been such a great take up with these grants already and we are delighted to be able to support local organisations to deliver low carbon projects. The Grant Scheme can support SMEs and community groups across a wide range of sectors and we look forward to assessing the next round of projects.”

Examples of organisations and projects already supported include Rookhow Quaker Meeting House who were awarded a grant to install an Air Source Heat Pump and loft insulation to improve the comfort levels in the building while reducing the carbon footprint. Levens Village Shop were awarded a grant to install an energy efficient refrigeration system. Up to 60% of the carbon footprint of retail businesses can be attributed to refrigeration, and this project addresses this issue.

Vanessa Riley, Levens Village Shop says: "We'd have struggled to complete the work without the grant received from the foundation. I would encourage anyone who is wanting to make improvements to their own carbon footprint to get in touch."  

The launch of the second round coincides with the Ambleside to Zero event on Thursday 23rd September 2021 where a member of the team will be on hand to answer any questions.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept registrations from outside the National Park boundary in this round.

This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses and community groups to make a real difference to the sustainability of Cumbria, to build back better, and create a greener future.



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