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Asda in Bishopbriggs is putting its five pence carrier bag charge to work in the community.
Across the UK Asda expects to make between £100,000 and £200,000 every quarter from the charge. Half is being put into a fund to boost local start up businesses and the rest is going to good causes throughout East Dunbartonshire.
The Asda Carrier Bag Community Grants scheme offers grants of up to £2,000 for the local projects and good causes that matter most to their customers. The grants can help meet a wide range of costs for community groups, including general running costs, training, equipment and materials and even local community activities and events.
The grants are administered by registered charity Foundation Scotland. Regional panels of Asda colleagues will select the successful projects with most relevance to their community.
It’s quick and easy to apply and you don’t have to be a registered charity – visit the website at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/asda for more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, or speak to LORRAINE MACDONALD, Community Life Champion at Asda BISHOPBRIGGS for help with applications.
Lorraine MacDonald, community life Champion at Asda Bishopbriggs, said: “At Asda, we hope the carrier bag charge will have long-term social – as well as environmental – benefits, and we want to involve the local community in deciding where the money should be spent.
‘‘That’s why we have created the Asda Carrier Bag Community Grant scheme, which will give local groups the chance to benefit from grants of up to £2,000. We want to encourage lots of applications from community groups: it’s quick and easy to apply and you don’t have to be a registered charity.
‘‘Come and speak to me in store for more information, or visit the website at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/asda .”