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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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Round 3 of Clean Maritime Demonstration Competitions Launched by IUK

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03 October 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

UK registered businesses and partner organisations can apply for funding to support innovative clean maritime technologies.

The Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) aims to fund real world demonstrations of clean maritime technologies in an operational setting. Proposals must develop, test and deploy novel clean maritime technologies focused on both on-vessel technologies and related shoreside infrastructure, including at ports and harbours.

The Round 3 competition is split into two strands:

  • Strand 1: Vessel or Infrastructure Demonstrations
  • Strand 2: Combined Demonstrations

Demonstration projects must develop, test and deploy novel clean maritime technologies focused on on-vessel technologies or shoreside or offshore infrastructure including at ports, harbours and wind farms.

Up to £60 million has been allocated across the two competition strands. For the Vessel or Infrastructure Demonstrations competition, each project’s total costs must be between £1 million and £8 million. For the Combined Demonstrations Competition, each project’s total eligible costs must be between £2 million and £10 million.

The competitions are open to collaborations only. To lead a project an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size. The lead must collaborate with other UK registered organisations, ie a business of any size, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation, or research and technology organisation (RTO). Trust Ports may apply as a business of any size.

The deadline for applications is 9 November 2022.


How To Apply

The competitions opened on 29 September 2022. The deadline for applications is 9 November 2022.

Applications are made online. Further information is available from the Innovate UK website.


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