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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.


Grants and Funding


Restarting Communities Fund

26 July 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A new Carlisle funding scheme has been launched to help communities come back together post lockdown and to stimulate economic activity in the district.

Carlisle City Council has allocated £50,000 to support parish councils, community centres and constituted urban community groups to provide community activities and support the local economy.

This fund is designed to allow parishes and local communities to put in place additional measures to create and promote a safe environment for local trade and business, particularly in high streets, support the visitor economy and to bring the community together in a safe way.

The fund will contribute 80% of the total costs of agreed projects (Parish council or urban communities contribution 20% of total cost from their own reserves/fundraising activities/other grants).

The fund is available to parish councils, community centres in unparished areas and constituted urban community groups within Carlisle District. The fund can provide 80% of the total funding for new projects that:

  • Promote the district as a vibrant place in which to live, work and visit;
  • Increase economic activity;
  • Celebrate the civic history and heritage of the District;
  • Engage with people from the local community; and/or
  • Benefit the health and wellbeing of the community.

The window for applications is open between Monday 26 July and Monday 9 August 2021.

Applicants will be required to complete an application form that will be assessed by a grant panel consisting of Council Officers, Council Member representative and a member of the Carlisle Parish Councils Association. 

The grant fund will be allocated on a first come first served basis and will be paid on receipt of a completion from and evidence of expenditure. 

The grant will only be available for projects that will be completed and claimed against this financial year.

For more details and to download the application form visit:


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