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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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Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund Reopens for 2023

Energy, Environment & Climate

17 January 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to help engage people and communities across Britain with information about how to get and use smart meters.

Smart Energy GB, the national campaign for the smart meter rollout, launched the five-year Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund in May 2016 with the aim that every home in Britain would be offered a smart meter within five years at no additional cost.

In 2023, there are three funding streams, each targeting a specific audience:

  • Grants for organisations reaching people who are in fuel poverty: £15,000 to £25,000
  • Grants for organisations reaching people who are lacking basic digital skills: £10,000 to £15,000
  • Grants for organisations reaching people who are carers: £7,000 to £10,000.

Applications will be considered from regionally based organisations preferably with local networks that can deliver support to people in one of the target groups. Housing associations and local authorities are eligible to apply for this fund.

Projects need to address the fund’s objectives, which are to support those who might find it difficult to engage with the smart meter rollout.

Activities should involve both direct engagement such as face-to-face events, phone-calls and online sessions; and indirect engagement such as newsletters, website content and social media.

The deadline to apply is 12 noon on 10 February 2023.


How To Apply

The deadline to apply is 12 noon on 10 February 2023. Decisions are expected by the end of March 2023.

Guidance notes, the project plan and the online application form are available through the NEA website.


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