Grants will be awarded to not for profit organisations including registered charities, community interest companies, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trusts, Foundation Trusts), local authorities and social housing providers.
This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.
We encourage partnership working to enable a project to be delivered across the whole of Northern Ireland, however, you will need to identify a lead organisation to make the application and manage the funding.
Applications will not be funded where:
- Individuals have applied
- Groups are not formally constituted or cannot provide a relevant Governance Document
- Profit-making organisations are also ineligible for funding.
Projects funded through the Centenary Fund will provide community benefit across the whole of Northern Ireland, or a significant part of it.
The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:
- Improvements to a building of regional or national significance that benefits the whole community such as a museum, hospice, specialist hospital ward, art gallery, heritage centre, wildlife centre or an ancient monument.
- Improvements to an outdoor space of regional or national significance such as walking/cycling routes, gardens, nature reserves, wildlife areas, waterways or woodlands.
- Delivering activities or charitable services such as health and wellbeing support activities, foodbanks, community clubs, homelessness support, sporting activities, recycling/upcycling programmes, regional school focused programmes and community festivals or events.
- Providing equipment that will such as medical equipment, minibuses, mobile libraries and safety equipment.
The Centenary Fund 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 the Centenary Fund 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 or a building you will need the landowner’s permission and you might also need other permissions – e.g. 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.
These Help Notes can be read as a “stand-alone” document or you can just choose to view them section by section as you work through your application form.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions for this programme:
Community Enablers are on hand through every step of the Tesco grant process from assisting with applications to supporting successful applicants to deliver their projects.
Overseeing local regions
Community Enablers are experts in their local regions. They have first-hand knowledge of local community groups and areas where communities are most in need as well as developing relationships with both local groups and businesses. This insight helps to spread the word about Tesco grants across communities and encourage applications. They also build strong relationships with Tesco store colleagues to help them promote the scheme.
When a member of the public nominates a local space that needs improving, the Community Enabler will work with them to identify the landowner and find out if a project could be delivered by a local group. If so, they will then help support the group put in an application to the scheme.
Supporting the application process
Applying for a grant can be daunting; especially if it’s the first time someone has applied. Community Enablers have experience of filling in grant application forms and can help out applicants every step of the way, ensuring that key nuggets of information are included in the application in order for it to stand out.
Supporting successful projects
Once the votes have been counted and verified and the winners have been announced, the Community Enabler then has the job of supporting projects in their region. This includes helping with any queries, supporting any PR activities and making sure projects are running smoothly.
How to find your local Community Enabler
If you call the Tesco helpline on 0121 237 5780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org we can put you in in touch with your local contact.
If you are based in Scotland, you can find out more about your local Community Enabler by visiting the greenspace scotland website.