Over the last six weeks, Tesco has been inviting local charities and groups to bid for up to £12,000 in community funds, to be used towards environmental improvement projects.
Now with applications still flooding in, the application process has been extended until Noon, Friday 11 December. All interested charities and community groups have to do is apply online at http://www.groundwork.org.uk/tescocommunityscheme or call the helpline on 0121 237 5780.
The eligibility criteria for the scheme has also been expanded to include projects on school grounds, community spaces on housing estates or residential areas, including gated areas, spaces in the grounds of hospices and day centres and allotments.
Once all the bids are in and have been shortlisted to a final three in your area, Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in stores for which of the three finalists – and their respective environmental improvement projects – they’d like to see win the prize money.
These finalists will receive grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000. Customers will be able to vote for their favourite project in late January/early February for two weeks.
Caroline Silke, Head of Charity and Local Community at Tesco said: “We’ve already had lots of great applications from across the UK and based on feedback we have decided to extend the deadline for applications by two weeks so even more community groups can apply.
“We’ve also listened to feedback from local communities who have asked us to extend the eligibility criteria so that even more community groups have the opportunity to apply for a grant.”
Administration of the local funding is being handled by environmental improvement charity Groundwork, which specialises in supporting communities to transform local green spaces for the better.
Graham Duxbury, Groundwork UK Chief Executive said: “Having worked alongside communities across the UK for over 30 years, we know that local people are passionate about the parks and open spaces in their neighbourhoods and that they know how best to improve the places they love.
“We’re delighted to be extending the deadline for applications to ensure as many communities as possible are able to take advantage of this funding and ensure it makes a big difference in the places that matter to them.”
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About Tesco Carrier Bag Charge
Tesco, like other large retailers, are now required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for every carrier bag used by a customer. Proceeds generated from sales of the bags will be given to good causes, as set out by Defra (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs). It's all part of the government's drive to reduce waste.
The money raised from the 5p bag charge in the UK will be used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities’ right across the UK. 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 handled by environmental improvement charity Groundwork, which specialises in transforming local green spaces for the better.
Groundwork is the community charity with a green heart
- We want places to look better, streets to be safer and outside areas to be green and beautiful.
- We want people of all ages to be able to do stuff together to make the best of where they live.
- We want to improve job prospects by offering training and employment opportunities.
- We want to show people how they can make their homes and workplaces better for the environment and cheaper to run.