Note: this round of the Bags of Help programme is now closed. The content on this page relates to applications made before 20 February 2017.
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Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces.
Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork and supported in Scotland by greenspace scotland.
How does Bags of Help work?
Bags of Help is now is always open to applications from community projects.
Groundwork assesses all of the applications received to ensure they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups who decide which projects go forward to the in-store vote.
Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.
Which types of projects are eligible?
Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (eg Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.
This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.
Applications will not be funded where individuals have applied as groups must be fully constituted. Profit-making organisations are also ineligible for funding.
Sites solely used for religious or political purposes will not be eligible, nor will sites where a charge is made to access the project location such as a children’s farm, or play area provided on private land.
Bags of Help can fund 100% of your project costs so you do not have to have any match funding. However, if you secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded by Bags of Help can form part of your wider project costs.
Your project can be a stand-alone project or 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.
For any projects that are making a physical improvement to an outdoor space, you will need the landowner’s permission and you might also need other permissions – eg planning permission. These need to be in place before you submit your application and the landowner permission form will need to be completed and signed as part of your application
What types of projects will Bags of Help fund?
Bags of Help will fund projects that deliver a physical environmental improvement or encourage the use and long term sustainability of outdoor spaces.
Projects that would typically receive funding include (but are not limited to):
*Unfortunately Tesco Bags of Help grants are not available for projects in Northern Ireland as carrier bag money is managed centrally by the Government.
Applying for a grant
1. Find your nearest Tesco store
Please use the Tesco store locator link below to find the full postcode of the nearest Tesco store to the site of your project. (Please note your nearest Tesco store may not be the one you ordinarily shop in).
You will need to note down the postcode and enter this into the Eligibility Quiz (and should you be eligible, your application form).
2. Take the Eligibility Quiz
This short quiz will check that your project meets the basic requirements to be eligibile for a Bags of Help grant. If your project meets the criteria you will be given a link to the application form.
17 February 2017: Our application form is currently undergoing maintenance. It will be back online later today. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this required work.
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.
Your local Community Enabler is also on hand to help - click here to find out more about their role.
These notes are a step by step guide to help you complete your application form.
This section answers Frequently Asked Questions about applying for a Bags of Help grant.
Groundwork's community enablers support you to make your grant a success. Find out more about them here.