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Open 4 Business Portal

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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

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

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Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups as part of their coronavirus/COVID-19 emergency response in supporting local communities.

Fund Information

Funding body:


Maximum value:

£ 500

Application deadline:

None specified

Objectives of Fund

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities across the UK.

Groundwork is managing the programme on behalf of Tesco.

Value Notes

The maximum grant available is £500.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.

Groups must be constituted and be able to provide a copy of their governing document.

Typically, applications would be welcome from organisations such as:

  • Health focused charities, such as cancer, diabetes and heart charities

  • Food banks

  • Hospices

  • Homeless charities

  • Charities supporting the elderly or those needing to self-isolate.

  • Women’s refuges

  • Charities supporting children and young people.

However, this list is not exhaustive and other organisational types will be considered.




The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Businesses.

  • For-profit organisations.

  • Individuals.

Eligible Expenditure

Typically, the fund will support organisations that have experienced:

  • Increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources to support children through the summer months or a food bank whose stocks are running low and needs an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.

  • Disrupted services – a local charity setting up a delivery service to replace its monthly lunch club, or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.

  • New services – a health focused charity having to set up a new online patient service requires new IT equipment or a mental health charity developing a new service.

How To Apply

This is a rolling programme. Applications can be made at any time during the next few months. Tesco expects to be making weekly awards to eligible groups across the UK.

Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency a streamlined application and payment process has been set up to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. Successful applications will receive a single payment award.

Funding decisions will be made by panels, not by in-store votes.

The online application form, guidance notes and faqs are available on the Tesco Community Grants website.

Payment Procedure

Funds are transferred by BACS.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Email: [email protected]

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