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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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Grants and Funding


Applications Open for Community Gardens Award


24 October 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to support the development and expansion of gardening projects carried out by local communities.

Delivered by the National Garden Scheme, the Community Gardens Award provides grants of £500 to £5,000 for the creation of a garden or a similar project (such as an allotment) with horticultural focus for the benefit of the local community.

The funding is available to projects in England, Northern Ireland and Wales run by amateur gardeners within community groups or Community Interest Companies (CICs).

Grants could cover expenses such as:

  • Site preparation (including hire of small mechanical tools such as rotavators).
  • Hand tools.
  • Plants.
  • Trees.
  • Shrubs.
  • Containers.
  • Seating.

The project should aim to bring a community together by creating a space people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills and by inspiring a love of gardening.

Applications are accepted until 31 January 2023.


How To Apply

The fund is open until 31 January 2023.

Application guidelines and an application form are available on the website of the National Garden Scheme.


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