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Tesco Local Community Scheme

Do you know of a local community green space project that would benefit from funding?

Communities across England, Wales and Scotland can now apply for up to £4,000 for local green space projects thanks to a grant scheme being launched with the proceeds from the sale of carrier bags by Tesco.

The grant programme is managed by Groundwork and is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the charge for carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy. 

The grants programme will be open to voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, local authorities, housing associations, nurseries and schools. It will fund capital projects that provide community benefit.

Projects that go ahead include the following: 

  • 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- e.g. football pitches, tennis courts and cricket pitches
  • Informal outdoor recreation facilities- e.g. gym equipment, trim trails and woodland walks 
  • Nature reserves, community woodland, ponds and village greens
  • Churchyards 
  • Seafronts
  • Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms. 

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in store for the projects they feel will benefit their community the most. The amount of funding available for each individual local project will range from £1,000 to £4,000. Three projects will be shortlisted to go forward to a public vote in each of the Tesco regions each month. Based on the number of votes received: first place will receive up to £4,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. 

Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme. 

Read more about the National Tesco Scheme