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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

Asda Foundation - COVID-19 Hygiene Grants

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Grants are available for care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters supporting residents/patients in facilities in the UK, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support as a result of the current restrictions.

Fund Information

Funding body:

ASDA Foundation

Maximum value:

£ 500

Application deadline:

None specified


The Asda Foundation is a charitable corporate foundation which provides grants throughout the UK to improve the lives of people and communities.

Objectives of Fund

The ASDA Foundation's grants programmes aim to support grassroots charitable organisations working at the heart of its stores' communities. Registered charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and other not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for support with initiatives that will make a real long-term difference, benefiting the wider community.

In response to coronavirus/COVID-19, the Foundation has developed two new grant streams:

  • Hygiene Grant - focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. Applications are expected from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.

  • Healthy Holiday Grant - designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. (Covered in a separate entry.)

The Foundation does not accept applications directly. Applications are made through the applicant's local Asda store's Community Champion, whose role is to support projects within the community.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £500 are available. Only one grant allowed per group.

Applications are made via the group's local Asda Store's Community Champion and a total of £1,125 can be awarded per store.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from registered charities, registered not-for-profit companies, community interest companies and unincorporated clubs or associations in the UK.

To be eligible, applicant organisations must be able to provide:

  • Clear rationale for how the grant money will be used.

  • A bank statement or deposit slip.

  • At least one accepted document as per below:

    • Registered charities - charity number/constitution.

    • Registered companies - company number/memorandum and articles of association.

    • Community interest companies (CICs) - company number/constitution/memorandum and articles of association.

    • Unincorporated club or association - constitution/club rules.




No grant payments will be made directly to individual families.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants are for the purchase of personal hygiene items/toiletries, which could be bought in bulk and delivered direct to the applying organisation, for vulnerable patients/residents during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Care Homes

Funding is to support those residents who are unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. For example, residents may be unable to receive visitors due to current restrictions and/or may not have responsibility for their finances and therefore not able to source consumables.


Funding is to support terminally ill patients who are already suffering through ill health and separated from their loved ones at a time when they need them most. The grant would assist the hospices, many of whom are charitable organisations and struggling for funds under the current climate, to purchase personal hygiene items for their vulnerable patients.

NHS Hospitals

Funding is to support patients who cannot access items due to restrictions, and those who are dependent on a network of support. This would apply to ALL vulnerable patients - not just those diagnosed with coronavirus/COVID-19. (The grant would be payable to the hospital trust.)

Homeless Shelters

Funding is to help support those who are in lockdown without a home, friends or family, during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. The grant - payable to the shelter or parent charity - could be used to provide the basic hygiene necessities and items for the people the shelter is supporting.

How To Apply

Applications can be made at any time.

Application forms can be obtained from Asda Community Champions, who are based in local Asda stores. There are two different application forms, one for groups who are government entity organisations and another for groups who are non-government entities. (Guidance notes on completing these forms are available on the Asda Foundation website.)

All applications must be made via the applicant's local Asda Community Champion; applications made directly by organisations will not be accepted by the Foundation.

Applicants can use the store locator link on the Foundation website to get in touch with their local store and speak to their Community Champion about their project proposal.

Applications will be assessed within six weeks from the date the Community Champion submits the application to the Asda Foundation.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    ASDA Foundation
    Asda House
    Great Wilson Street
    LS11 5AD

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