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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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New Round of Funding for Entrepreneurs Setting up Rural Firms

27 September 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Forest Holidays has once again partnered with the Prince’s Countryside Fund to launch a new round of the Rural Start-Up Fund. The aim is to support new business ventures in rural areas of the UK. The scheme is intended to help entrepreneurs overcome the challenges associated with setting up and working in rural settings.

A total of £5,000 is available in 2021, to be awarded to one winning business or shared between a number of rural start-ups. In addition to financial support, winners will have the opportunity to receive mentoring support from a member of the Forest Holidays team for 12 months.

Entrepreneurs who are embarking on a new business venture in rural areas of the UK will be eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how their business will, in some manner, support rural communities, promote conservation of the countryside or support rural sustainability.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 25 October 2021 (12:00 BST).

The application form to complete is available on The Prince's Countryside Fund website.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Prince's Countryside Fund
    137 Shepherdess Walk
    N1 7RQ
    Tel: 0207 566 6615
    Email: [email protected]

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