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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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Sea-Changer’s Coastal Fountain Fund Reopens for 2023

Energy, Environment & Climate

24 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Not-for-profit organisations across the United Kingdom can apply for funding to cover the purchase of a water foundation to help reduce pollution and the use of non-reusable plastics in coastal communities.

Sea Changers is offering grants of up to £2500 for community groups and other not-for-profit organisations to help prevent negative impacts on UK coastal and marine environments and species by reducing marine litter through the provision of well-located coastal water fountains that will significantly reduce the use of non-reusable plastic drinks bottles. 

Through the Coastal Foundation Fund, groups can receive support to cover the cost of purchasing a water fountain unit for installation in a busy or environmentally important coastal location, assessed against the following criteria:

  • Need and impact – fountains should be placed in areas which either:
    • Have significant public use/a lot of littering.
    • Are of environmental importance or status.
  • Viability to be operational within 2023.
  • Sustainability.
  • Value for money.

Funding is for the costs of purchasing a water foundation only, rather than for installation or maintenance costs.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2023.


How To Apply

The application form and guidance notes can be found on the Sea-Changers website.


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