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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.




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Asda Foundation’s Investing in Spaces and Places Grants Programme Opens 6 February


07 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding for small, local groups across the UK to improve community spaces and places where local people can be together and thrive.

For a second year in a row, the Asda Foundation is offering large grants of up to £25,000 for local groups across the UK who are working to improve spaces in the heart of their local community.

In 2023, there is a total funding pot of £500,000.

Grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 are available to cover between 25% and 75% of the total project costs for projects that address at least one of the following categories:

  • Building repair (external or internal) for spaces and places which already exist but are in disrepair and therefore limit the usability, safety or level of expectations for other to use the space.
  • Building development to enhance a space already in use.
  • Outdoor development to develop outside space for the benefit of the community, particularly outdoor spaces which benefit everyone and can be accessed by large groups of people.

Projects need to align with at least one of the Foundation’s aims:

  • Create and/or develop safe and inclusive community spaces for groups to meet and bring people together.
  • Create or improve spaces which can be used by a range groups on a regular basis.
  • Support groups to deliver long-lasting projects focused on long-term community impact.

Groups must be in a position to begin work on their project before the end of 2023.

Applications are accepted from local not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £250,000 and unrestricted reserves below £100,000. This includes registered charities, CICs, companies, unincorporated club or association, small community groups or government entities/public bodies.

Application forms can only be obtained from Asda Community Champions, who are based in local Asda superstores. Groups 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 cannot be made directly to the Asda Foundation.

Applications will be accepted from 6 February 2023 to 19 March 2023.


How To Apply

There is a five-stage application process:

  • Stage 1 - Applications are accepted from 6 February 2023 to 19 March 2023
  • Stages 2-4 – Internal Asda Foundation review. This will take place from March through May 2023.
  • Stage 5 – Announcement of the funding from 5 June 2023.

The 2023 guidance notes and how to apply document can be found on the Asda Foundation website and should be read before contacting the local Asda Community Champion.


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