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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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Ofwat Launches £4m Water Discovery Challenge

Energy, Environment & Climate

31 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Support is being offered for a range of organisations to develop bids addressing the water sector's most pressing challenges.

Ofwat’s new Water Discovery Challenge is a £4 million competition for innovations that can help solve the biggest challenges facing the water sector; today and in the future. The aim is to directly support organisations with innovative propositions and facilitate their engagement with water companies.

In particular, the funder is looking for innovations that have the potential to make a positive impact for water customers, society and the environment; and succeed, be sustainable and/or gain wide adoption across the water sector in England and Wales.

Successful applicants can win up to £500,000. Up to 20 finalists with the most promising entries will be awarded up to £50,000 to develop their innovation, with a range of expert support and access to mentoring from water companies. A maximum of ten winners will be awarded up to £450,000 to further grow their innovation, receiving additional support to further accelerate their progress.

Entries are invited from any sector and all types of organisations, domestic or international. This includes private limited companies, limited liability partnerships, incorporated charities and community interest companies.

The deadline for applications is 5 April 2023 (12:00 GMT).


How To Apply


The Water Discovery Challenge

This scheme opened on 25 January 2023 (12:00 GMT). The deadline for applications is 5 April 2023 (12:00 GMT).

Transform stream

Stage 2 entries close on Thursday 2 February 2023. Note: Stage 2 is invite-only.

Catalyst stream

Currently closed.

Scheme details can be accessed via the Water Innovation website.


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