Bag a grant for local groups

Service section leaders Graeme Saunders and Dawn Shaw with Andrea Logan are encouraging applications for Asda's new Plastic Bag Community Grant Scheme.
Service section leaders Graeme Saunders and Dawn Shaw with Andrea Logan are encouraging applications for Asda's new Plastic Bag Community Grant Scheme.

Forfar’s Asda store is inviting local charities and organisations to lodge an application and bag a community grant under a new scheme.

All retailers in Scotland are now required to charge 5p for single-use carrier bags and the company is using the net proceeds from the levy to support good causes that that directly benefit the community in Forfar and further afield.

Introduced by the Scottish Government last October, the charge aims to encourage the reuse of bags and reduce the visual impact of litter. 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 the store’s 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. They are administered by registered charity Foundation Scotland and Regional panels consisting of Asda colleagues will select the successful projects with most relevance to their community.

Applications and quick and easy to lodge and you organisations and clubs do not have to be a registered charity.

Further information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply is available online at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/asda, or from Andrea Logan, community life champion at Asda Forfar.

Andrea 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, come and speak to me in store for more information, or visit the website at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/asda”