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Community Groups: Apply for a Bags of Help grant

Note: The information on this page relates to applications made before June 2016. For information current grant applications please visit this page.


We award grants each year in around 400 Tesco regions to make sure the funding is spread evenly across England, Wales and Scotland*. In total the Bags of Help programme supports thousands of projects each year.

Because there is major demand for grants, Groundwork assesses all of the applications received and then provides a shortlist of the applications received for a Tesco Shortlisting Group to agree three successful projects to forward to a vote in Tesco stores.

Tesco customers vote over two weekends in their store for their favourite shortlisted local project. Grants are then awarded as follows:

  • 1st place in Tesco customer vote:  £12,000 grant
  • 2nd place in Tesco customer vote: £10,000 grant
  • 3rd place in Tesco customer vote:  £8,000 grant

Find out more about shortlisting in this short film:

What the grants can fund

Important dates
There will be a total of four funding rounds.
Round one closed in December 2015.
Round two closed on 3 June 2016.
Visit the current grant scheme section for more information about grants that are available now.

It funds capital projects that provide community benefit that do not charge for access. 

The grants programme is open to organisations such as: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, schools, hospices, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations.  Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.

Projects that would typically receive funding include: 

  • Parks, pocket parks and urban green spaces
  • Green corridors – river and canals, cycle ways
  • Formal and informal play areas
  • Open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds – eg football pitches, tennis courts and cricket pitches
  • Informal outdoor recreation facilities; eg gym equipment, trim trails and woodland walks
  • Nature reserves, community woodland, ponds and village greens
  • Churchyards
  • Seafront improvements
  • Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms
  • Spaces in the grounds of hospices and day centres
  • Allotments
  • School grounds
  • Community spaces on housing estates or residential areas

You do not need to have any matchfunding for your project, but if you do include matchfunding, this must not be higher than 25% of your total project costs. Your project can be a stand-alone project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project. You will need to complete your project within twelve months of receipt of the grant.

You will need the landownders permission and you might also need other permissions such as planning permission. These need to be in place before you submit your application. 

Applying for a grant

This round of funding is now closed. Visit the current grant scheme section for more information about grants that are available now.

Frequently Asked Questions
about Tesco Community Grants

Useful documents

Bags of Help Community Enablers - find out more about their role 

Need help? Contact us.

Visit the information for successful applicants section for details about what happens if your grant is approved.

Alternative and Accessible Formats

If you experience or anticipate any barriers with our application process, require help to make an application, or accessing our services and information, please contact the Groundwork Tesco Programme Team to discuss the type of support we can provide.

*Unfortunately Tesco Bags of Help grants are not available for projects in Northern Ireland as carrier bag money is managed centrally by the Government.