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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


The Prince's Countryside Fund Opens for Applications

30 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Fund is now accepting applications from locally-focussed, legally-constituted not-for-profit organisations who are working to create resilient rural communities across the UK in the wake of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for up to one year. Projects must be completed within one year of their start date and no later than 31 March 2022. Some match funding is required.

The grants will cover revenue costs that are directly associated with projects that are helping rural communities deal with the negative effects of the pandemic.

To date the funding has been used to address and combat issues such as isolation, financial pressures, and issues with physical and mental health. Grants have supported a range of projects including a volunteer-run telephone helpline that supports local farmers, local transport to help rural residents access vital services, helping rural communities access and learn how to use online services, and the re-opening of a village shop in a remote rural community.

Groups are advised to apply early as a large number of applications are expected and the fund may close earlier than the published deadline.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is midday on 3 November 2020 with outcome of decisions to all applicants by 11 December 2020.

Please note the Fund could close earlier than the published deadline if a large number of eligible applications are received. Projects are thus advised to apply early.

The guidelines, short eligibility quiz, and application form are available from the Prince’s Countryside Fund website.

The completed application form should be sent by email to [email protected]

Payment Procedure

Grants will be paid up front in one instalment with a progress report after six months and again at the end of the year.

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