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1st round of the 'Bags of Help' programme receives nearly 5000 applications

Posted on 13 January 2016

  • Nearly 5000 applications for first round of funding
  • Process now at regional shortlisting stage - with three projects for each of the Tesco regions going forward for public vote
  • Groundwork to contact each applicant by end of January to confirm outcome of application and advise next steps


Local environmental charity Groundwork has announced the first round of the Tesco community grants scheme, Bags of Help, received nearly 5,000 applications from community groups across the UK. 

Applications are currently being considered by regional assessment panels which include Tesco colleagues, with three projects in each Tesco region moving forward to a Tesco in store customer vote and will receive grants of either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 depending on the customer vote. The public vote is due to take place in late February 2016. 

Groundwork will contact each applicant via email by the end of January to confirm the outcome of their application and advise next steps. 

The next opportunity to apply to the scheme is anticipated to be April 2016.  Potential applicants can sign up to Groundwork’s E-News to be kept up to date of details of the next funding round. 

The Bags of Help programme is managed by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy.  Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

The programme encourages online applications from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations.  Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible. 

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