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Over 10,000 community groups receive funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help

Since launching in 2015, Tesco’s Bags of Help community programme has provided over 10,000 local community groups with over £43 million of funding.

Bags of Help is one of the many ways that Tesco plays its part in the communities they serve. By inviting customers to vote for the funding groups receive, Tesco put the power back with local people who know their area best, to decide where they would like the money to be spent.

The scheme is funded by the sales of carrier bags in Tesco stores and is administered by community charity, Groundwork.

Over 9,000 projects have been supported in England, including an enormous 150-metre long dragon in Oxfordshire! The dragon came to life as part of Oxfordshire’s 'Playful Woodlands' project which hopes to encourage kids to get outdoors by firing up their imaginations.

One of the 1,400 projects funded in Scotland also gets children outside, as a Bags of Help grant funded a specially designed bike zone in Glasgow. The 1km training track at a local park has a wide range of adapted bikes, trikes, go-karts and other pedal-powered machines to help vulnerable and isolated people and those living with additional learning needs get access to biking - all with the aim of promoting a healthier, more active lifestyle. 

In Wales, healthy food is the order of the day, with neighbours coming together to use their funds to transform back alleys into blooming gardens and allotments. But no one expected the project to also bring the diverse neighbourhood closer together in friendship too. It’s just one of over 750 projects funded in Wales. 

And in Middlesborough, Newport a Bags of Help grant not only transformed back alleys into blooming gardens for residents but also brought neighbours together in an area facing many challenges.

Customers have the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop using the blue token given to them at checkouts. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding of £1,000 - £4,000.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

Funding 10,000 projects is a huge achievement for Bags of Help. The community groups are doing fantastic work and it’s very exciting to see how a Bags of Help boost can help make their vision for their community come to life.

Groundwork’s national CEO, Graham Duxbury, said:

We are delighted that Bags of Help has reached the impressive milestone of funding 10,000 projects that have helped communities up and down the UK.

Since the initiative started we have seen some amazing projects come to fruition and it’s great to know the impressive scale that the programme has on reaching communities that need extra funds to make where they live a better place to be.

It’s exciting to know that this positive impact can continue and we look forward to seeing even more local communities apply for grants and creating innovative projects that help local people and places.

Click here to read more about projects that have already received funding.

Grants are available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit: