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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 Grants Programme

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Objectives of Fund

The fund's aim is to support local community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations through awards for equipment, activities and refurbishing or developing buildings and outdoor spaces.

Value Notes

From January 2020, following a public vote, three projects in each of the 700-plus Tesco regions will receive a grant every other month as follows:

  • First place - up to £2,000.

  • Second place - up to £1,000.

  • Third place - up to £500.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not required as the scheme can fund 100% of the total project costs. However, for applicants that have secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded by Bags of Help can form part of their wider project costs.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales can apply.

This includes:

  • Voluntary and community organisations.

  • Registered charities.

  • Community Interest Companies.

  • Friends of groups.

  • Schools.

  • Health bodies such as a Primary Care Trust, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Hospital.

  • Parish, Town, or Community Councils.

  • Local Authorities.

  • Social housing providers.

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.

Organisations must be constituted and have a governing document.

How To Apply

Tesco Bags of Help will be open for new applications from early January 2020.

There are no deadlines. This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time. Groups can also reapply at any time.

Applicants will need the postcode of the Tesco store that is nearest to their project in order to complete the eligibility quiz.

Eligible applicants will be given a link to the full application form.

The applications will be assessed by Groundwork to ensure that they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups.

The final projects will then go forward to the in-store vote which takes place over a two-month period.

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