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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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New Round of Funding for Entrepreneurs Setting up Rural Firms

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

24 October 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding is being offered to help entrepreneurs start new businesses in rural areas of the UK.

Forest Holidays has once again partnered with the Prince’s Countryside Fund to launch a new round of the Rural Start-Up Fund. The aim is to support new business ventures in rural areas of the UK. The scheme is intended to help entrepreneurs overcome the challenges associated with setting up and working rurally.

A total of £5,000 is available, to be awarded to one winning business or shared between a number of rural start-ups. In addition to financial assistance, winners will have the opportunity to receive mentoring support from a member of the Forest Holidays team.

Entrepreneurs who are embarking on new farming and agriculture business ventures in rural areas of the UK will be eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how their business will, in some manner, support rural communities, promote conservation of the countryside or support rural sustainability.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 9 November 2022 (12:00 GMT).


How To Apply

Applications for the 2022-23 Rural Start-Up Fund are now open. Applications will close on Wednesday 9 November 2022 (12:00 GMT).

The application form to complete is available on The Prince's Countryside Fund website.


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