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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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Funding to Support Tree Planting Projects Across the UK

Energy, Environment & Climate

06 July 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Community-based organisations can apply for funding to support projects that promote, preserve, and protect trees, woodlands, and forests in local communities across the United Kingdom.

The International Tree Foundation is offering grants for community groups and voluntary organisations to support community-based projects that conserve, restore, and protect indigenous trees, woodlands, and associated biodiversity, whilst supporting community engagement in tree planting, social cohesion and inclusion, and promoting the importance of trees and forests to environmental and human well-being.

Funding is for tree-planting activities that meet the following criteria: 

  • Plant trees in public spaces: sites that are readily accessible to the public, including schools, parks, rights of way, and sites managed by community groups.
  • Plant indigenous tree species: this may include traditional fruit trees and ‘honorary’ natives where appropriate.
  • Engage community members in tree planting and enjoying the benefits of woodlands.
  • Have clear plans for maintenance and sustainability.

Projects must also meet one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Engage children and young adults in tree planting and learning about trees.
  • Engage vulnerable groups and groups with low access to woodlands.
  • Conserve existing ancient trees and indigenous woodlands as well as new planting.
  • Create biodiversity habitats.
  • Conserve soil and water.
  • Demonstrate new approaches such as agroforestry.
  • Support rewilding and natural regeneration.
  • Support work or research on tree pest and disease resistance and climate change. adaptation.
  • Support urban tree planting.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for smaller projects of up to one year. Larger grants are available for projects of between 1,000 and 10,000 trees with a maximum price equivalent to £1.50 per tree (inclusive of tree protection). 

The deadline for applications is 16 December 2022.


How To Apply

This fund is now open. The deadline for applications is 16 December 2022.

Guidance notes and an application pack can be found on the International Tree Foundation's website.


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