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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


Suez Communities Fund Reopens for Applications in England


07 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Not-for-profit organisations across England can apply for funding to deliver capital and public amenity improvement projects in communities within a Communities Trust funding zone.

Suez Communities Trust is offering grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 for not-for-profit groups to deliver projects that make physical improvements to community facilities, or repair buildings of religious worship or buildings of architectural or historic interest.

Funding is available for capital improvement works to public amenity projects for community use. Examples may include:

  • Village hall improvements
  • Nature reserves and conservation
  • Village greens
  • Community centres
  • Public playgrounds
  • Cycle paths
  • Sports fields and facilities
  • Country parks
  • Historic buildings, structures, or sites

Projects must be in communities surrounding a qualifying SUEZ Recycling and Recovery site and must be available and open to the public as a minimum for 4 evenings a week, 2 days a week, or 104 days a year.

The next deadline for applications is 22 February 2023.


How To Apply

There a typically four deadlines per year. The next deadlines for 2023 are as follows:

  • 22 February for a decision by the end of April.
  • 31 May for a decision by early August.

The application process is operated through a two-stage process via an online application system. Stage one applications will include a short eligibility check and brief questions about the project.

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a stage two application.

For more information, visit the Grantscape website.


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