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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


Low Carbon Lake District Grants

09 June 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants available to community groups and SMEs either operating or having impact within the Lake District National Park for projects to reduce their carbon footprint.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Lake District Foundation
Maximum value:
£ 20,000
Application deadline:
None specified


Low Carbon Lake District Grants are provided by the Lake District Foundation with funding from the European Structural Investment Fund.

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the grants is to support local businesses and community groups with projects and activities to reduce their carbon footprint.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £20,000 are available (up to 60% of project costs).

Who Can Apply

SMEs and community groups operating or having some impact within the Lake District National Park can apply.

Eligible Expenditure

Examples of types of projects that could be funded include:

  • Low Carbon energy generation such as Solar Photo Voltaic, Solar Thermal, Biomass, Anaerobic digestion, Small hydro power, and Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps.
  • Energy efficiency projects such as Variable Speed drives, Voltage optimisation, Infrared Heating, LED lighting, and upgrading to efficient appliances.
  • Sustainable transport such as Vehicle Charging Points and e-cargo bikes.
  • AI and smart technology, such as smart food waste bins.


Cumbria - Lake District National Park

How To Apply

Applications can be made at any time.

Applicants should first complete the online registration form available from the website. Eligible organisations will then be invited to complete an Expression of Interest form.

Contact the Lake District Foundation for further information.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Lake District Foundation
    Murley Moss Business Park
    Oxenholme Road
    LA9 7RL
    Tel: 01539 822622
    Email: [email protected]

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