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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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Tesco Community Grants


03 October 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available to non-profit making, constituted groups and organisations for local good causes that focus on supporting children and families in the UK.

Funding is aimed at projects that focus on supporting children and families and those groups that address food insecurity. This could be for example a local school needing food for a children’s breakfast club, a voluntary organisation working with families to run holiday clubs, a charity supporting young people with specialist advice to manage mental health, a brownie or scout group needing new tents or a youth sports club needing new equipment, a family advice centre wanting to recruit more volunteers, or a local friends of a park group wanting to develop a new toddler area.

Tesco’s funding has supported thousands of local community projects across the UK, helping to fight holiday hunger, tackle mental health, support young people, host community events and much more. Originally launched in 2016 as Bags of Help, the scheme has supported over 40,000 community groups with more than £90 million in grants. The scheme aims to make a positive difference – because where Tesco communities thrive, Tesco business and colleagues thrive too.


How To Apply

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

The application process is as follows. Groups should:

  • Read the guidance notes and frequently asked question document before starting the application process.
  • Find their local store. This can be done by entering their project's postcode into the store locator on the Tesco website. This information is required for the application form.
  • Complete the eligibility checker.

Eligible organisations can apply online for a grant, applications are assessed and shortlisted. Every three months successful shortlisted applications are put into a customer vote in Tesco stores across the UK.

The project that receives the most votes in its area will be awarded a grant of up to £1,500 second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500. Customers are given a blue token when they buy their shopping that they can use to make their choice using the voting units in most stores.


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