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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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New Round of T Levels Capital Fund to Improve Educational Buildings and Facilities

18 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Department for Education (DfE) is providing the T Levels Capital Fund (TLCF) with the aim of helping eligible providers have world class facilities for the delivery of T Levels.

T Levels are new technical study programmes that will sit alongside apprenticeships within a skills training system.

There are two elements of the fund:

  1. Specialist equipment allocation (SEA)

  2. Buildings and facilities improvement grant (BFIG)

All providers that have been selected to deliver T Levels from September 2022 are in scope to receive the Specialist Equipment Allocation (SEA).

Buildings and facilities improvement grant (BFIG)

Eligible providers should apply for a BFIG if they have a pressing need for capital funding to support the delivery of T Levels. For example, if their buildings are in poor condition, unsuitable for delivering T Levels or they have an estate at risk of becoming inefficient and their project can deliver high value for money.

This process will cover all pathways included in the T Level route(s). The seven pathways are:

  • Construction

  • Digital

  • Education and childcare

  • Health and science

  • Engineering and manufacturing

  • Business and administration

  • Legal, finance, and accounting.

Eligible applicants must be a provider on the DfE's list of Providers selected to deliver T Levels; and:

  • Are an Academy, Further Education College, Higher Education Institution, School, Sixth Form College or University Technical College; and
  • Have not previously been awarded a BFIG for the T Level route for which they are applying.

Where an Academy is part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) the MAT will need to apply on behalf of the Academy.

Grants of between £200,000 and £1,400,000 are available (depending on which pathway is being applied for).

The deadline for applications is 26 March 2021 (noon).

Completed applications, including all supporting documentation, must be submitted via e-mail to [email protected].

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