Groundwork and Tesco Bags of help programme

About the Tesco Bags of Help programme




On 5 October 2015 carrier bag charging began in England, bringing it in-line with carrier bag charging schemes already in place in the rest of the UK.  As a result, Tesco, like other large retailers, is required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for every single-use carrier bag used by a customer.  Proceeds generated from the sales of the bags are given to good causes. 

The money raised by Tesco customers is used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities across England, Wales and Scotland.  Projects that get the green light as a result of the funding include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

Groundwork administers the funding and we are working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland. 

The first funding round of the programme closed in December 2015. The next round will open on Monday 18 April 2016. 


Community groups: apply for a grant


Tesco customers: nominate and support places that matter to you

It's your money - so where the money goes locally is up to you; you have the opportunity to decide where it is spent, by nominating your favourite local charity or community group.

Six projects are selected to receive funding in each of 400 regions annually, which means that over two thousand different projects will receive funding from the bag charge after just one year. You also have the opportunity to vote for you favourite project locally.


About Groundwork

Groundwork is the community charity with a green heart. We work across the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face, by bringing people and the environment together with practical local action.

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