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Community grants from Tesco Community Scheme

Application Deadline Extended for Tesco 'Bags of Help' programme

Posted on 03 December 2015

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 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.”



Notes to editors

How to apply

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.

About Groundwork

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.
(Monday, January 11, 2016 4:32 PM)
Tesco Community Award Grant
Nick - thank you for your comment. We're sorry that you've found parts of this application process to not be very clear. Please rest assured that we will be taking forward a number of lessons learned to inform the process for future funding rounds. We will contact you direct to discuss the specifics of your comment but In the meantime I can confirm that at the time of writing your application, along with hundreds of others, is very still under consideration and is due to be reviewed this week by an assessment panel. We will be communicating the outcome of these panels to all applicants by the end of this month.
(Monday, January 11, 2016 3:22 PM)
Tesco Community Award Grant
I submiited an application by the deadline. Some phone calls to Groundwork have established that the application was received, but I am concerned that the application process seemed to be in two stages, and the required information for that first stage was quite basic. I assumed that once eligibilty of the scheme and site was established, there would be a second stage with full application. A phone call to Groundwork established that was the case. I attached a full project plan with my application, although I was told it was not necessary, because I was keen to establish our eligility in better detail.
However I have not had any acknowledgement of our application and have been told that is probably because our application has not been shortlisted. I dont really undersatnd how you can arrive at a shortlist based on the very basic outline information required in stage one of the process.
I have been told by Groundwork that you had very many applications, and Im not sure how Tescos areas are worked out. The huge store in Woolwich, for instance, doesnt seem to have a Community Champion.
If our bid for this grant has, in fact, failed I am anxious to know on what grounds, because we involving the community in creating a woodland green space in a deprived urban area that will be accessible to all abilities and a wildlife resource for 6 local schools within walking distance.
I am submitting this comment because several calls to Groundwork have not clarified the structure and implementation of the application process, and have left me a bit mystified. I was told, for instance, that Groundwork had been inundated with applications and yet extended the published deadline so more applications could be submitted.
Nick Day
Plumstead Common Environment Group