Apply now to give your community project a cash boost!

If your community project needs a cash injection , then apply now for a Tesco Bags of Help grant.

Bags of Help is the grant scheme that takes the revenue from the 10p carrier bag charge and distributes it to local projects that benefit local communities. The scheme is administered by community charity Groundwork.

Groups in the East of England are welcome to apply, so get your application in today!  Applications are encouraged in Peterborough & Wisbech (Cambridgeshire), Tiptree (Essex), Dereham, Downham Market, Stalham & Thetford (Norfolk) and Lowestoft (Suffolk).

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Covid 19 Bags of Help Scheme

The Tesco Bags of Help COVID19 Communities Fund is now open.

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency Tesco have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

Typically, the fund will prioritise organisations;

  • whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank  whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.
  • require to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service for the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
  • Increased demand –  a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member.

Luton and Norwich residents – IMPORTANT NOTICE: Thank you for your interest in the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund. Unfortunately, we have had an overwhelming response to our call for applications and although we understand that the need is great at this time, we have limited resources and cannot fund all applications. As a result we are now closing the application process in the areas listed here. Please do not apply if your area appears in the document, as unfortunately due to the high volume of applications we will not be able to assess your submission.