The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland will be used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.
Administration of the local funding will be managed by Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.
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 will be given to good causes.
The money raised by Tesco customers will be used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities across England, Wales and Scotland. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.
Groundwork will administer the funding and we will be working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.
What the grants can fund
It funds capital projects that provide community benefit that do not charge for access.
The grants programme is open to organisations such as: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, schools, hospices, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.
Projects that would typically receive funding include:
- 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 – eg football pitches, tennis courts and cricket pitches
- Informal outdoor recreation facilities; eg gym equipment, trim trails and woodland walks
- Nature reserves, community woodland, ponds and village greens
- Seafront improvements
- Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms
- Spaces in the grounds of hospices and day centres
- School grounds
- Community spaces on housing estates or residential areas
You do not need to have any matchfunding for your project, but if you do include matchfunding, this must not be higher than 25% of your total project costs. Your project can be a stand-alone project or a 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.
You will need the landownders permission and you might also need other permissions such as planning permission. These need to be in place before you submit your application.
For an informal discussion about the scheme and to see if your group is eligible contact Chris Watson, Head of Land & Communities on 01642 815 663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org