Since our Bags of Help programme began in 2016, we have been able to support over 25,000 projects with more than £75 million in community grants. We’ve been blown away by the success of the scheme and applications for funding have risen significantly. In order to ensure we can consider all the groups that have already submitted applications, we have decided to temporarily pause new applications to the scheme. Please sign up to our mailing list if you would like to be notified when grant applications reopen.
The Bags of Help Centenary grant and Tesco Centenary Fund (Northern Ireland) remain open for applications.
FAQ's on postponement
Please see the important notice at the top of this page.Apply for a grantStep 1Click here to use the Tesco store locator to find the full postcode of the nearest Tesco store to the location of your project. You'll need this information for your application form.(Please note your nearest Tesco store may not be the one you ordinarily shop in.)Step 2Click here to take the eligibility quiz. This short quiz will check that your project meets the basic requirements to be eligible for a Bags of Help grant. If your project meets the criteria you will be given a link to the application form.
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the Great Britain*. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.
Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork who is working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.
How does Bags of Help work?
Bags of Help is a grant scheme for applications from charities and community organisations.
Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.
Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the Great Britain, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.
Who is eligible to apply?
Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.
This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.
Applications will not be funded where:
What types of projects will Bags of Help fund?
The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:
Bags of Help 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 Bags of Help 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, 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.
Projects which are ineligible
*Unfortunately Tesco Bags of Help grants are not available for projects in Northern Ireland as carrier bag charge funds are managed centrally by the Government.
Alternative and accessible formats
If you experience or anticipate any barriers with our application process, require help to make an application, or accessing our services and information, please contact the Groundwork Tesco Programme Team to discuss the type of support we can provide.
Your local Community Enabler is also on hand to help - find out more about enablers here.
These notes are a step by step guide to help you complete your application form.
This section answers Frequently Asked Questions about applying for a Bags of Help grant.
Groundwork's community enablers support you to make your grant a success. Find out more about them here.