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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.


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Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Funds Now Open

26 May 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Woods into Management (WiM) Forestry Innovation Funds have been launched as part of the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund. The Funds aim to restore England’s vulnerable woodland habitats and help woodlands adapt to a changing climate and recover from the impacts of pests and diseases.

£1 million overall has been set aside for this programme, via three funding streams:

Routes to Market for Ash Timber Innovation Fund

Ash dieback is expected to cause many millions of ash trees to die over the next 10-20 years. Using wood from infected trees in wood products and energy generation projects could help owners offset the cost of managing ash dieback. This fund will support the development of new business models that will develop new supply chains for ash timber and help restore damaged woodlands.

Innovative project work will be supported via capital grants with values of between £20,000 and £50,000 each.

Temporary Infrastructure Innovation Fund

To carry out habitat improvement operations including the felling and extraction of trees, suitable access is required. This fund is aimed at woodland management companies, contractors and owners with multiple blocks of woodland. Applicants can bid for funds to develop business models that will use temporary infrastructure to access neglected or degraded woodlands.

Innovative project work will be supported via capital grants with values of between £20,000 and £50,000 each.

Regional Woodland Restoration Innovation Funds

The threats faced by woodlands and the biodiversity they support are numerous and varied. They include a lack of adaptation to climate change, diseases such as ash dieback and Phytophthora ramorum, insect pests, over grazing by deer and ring barking by grey squirrels. Forestry Commission Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committees are scoping projects most likely to deliver the greatest improvement in woodland habitat condition. Once completed these projects will be put out to competitive tender.

Up to £70,000 is available for the 2021–2022 financial year. All of this budget may be used on one project or a number of smaller projects may be funded with a minimum value of £20,000.

These funds are aimed at forestry businesses and conservation organisations in England that are in a position to help owners better manage their existing woodlands.

Applications must be submitted by Sunday 20 June 2021 (23.59 BST).

How To Apply

Applications are made online.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Forestry Commission
    620 Bristol Business Park
    Coldharbour Lane
    BS16 1EJ
    Email: [email protected]


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