- Money raised from 5p carrier bag charge at One Stop stores to be used to fund local community projects across the UK
- Grants of up to £1000 available to non-profit organisations and other groups
- Environmental charity Groundwork to administer the scheme
Local retailer One Stop has launched ‘Carriers for Causes’, a new funding scheme where community groups can apply for funding grants of up to £1000 towards a variety of local projects*.
The money raised from the government’s 5p bag charge in England will be used by One Stop to pay for local community projects across the UK. The scheme will be administered by environmental charity Groundwork.
Carriers for Causes is a rolling programme, meaning that groups can apply for funding all year round to help their local community grow. Applicant projects must be within two miles of a One Stop store and demonstrate community need.
Mark Williams, Retail, Property & Distribution Director at One Stop said:
"It’s an exciting time for One Stop as we work together with Groundwork and our customers to make sure that the money that’s raised from the carrier bag charge goes towards making a real difference for our local communities.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for local community projects to get off the ground, and I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved and nominate the projects that really matter to them."
Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork UK said:
"We are delighted to be working alongside One Stop stores and customers to fund thousands of community projects across the UK.
"There are so many benefits to be gained from making sure our communities have the means to come together and create something special in their local area. It enables communities to be cleaner, safer, more engaged and most importantly, ensures that they are stronger as people get to know their neighbours better as they have more opportunities to meet and interact.
"We look forward to Carriers for Causes helping groups come together and work together to make their community a better place to live."
To apply for funding or for further information please visit the website: http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Pages/Category/carriers-for-causes-uk
Notes to Editors
*Types of eligible projects can include:
- One off community events such as community fun day expenses, summer youth camp, litter picking, day trips costs for community based clubs or organisations, sports events.
- Improvements to buildings such as painting, refurbishing buildings such as hospices, scout or guide huts, school building, community centres.
- Purchasing items to run a project such as specialised medical equipment, football/cricket /netball kit for local junior club, arts and craft materials for a workshop, kitchen equipment for a healthy eating project, marketing materials for an event, fishing kit for youth project.
- Purchasing materials to undertake a place based project such as buying paint, litter pickers, gravel, grass seed, plants, and benches.
- Improvements to external spaces such as park clean ups, community gardens, hospital/hospice gardens, disabled access projects, food growing projects, woodland walk.