Charities and community organisations in the East of England who have been struggling to maintain their work or are facing increased demand can now access £500 of funding from Tesco’s COVID19 fund, administered by community charity Groundwork.

This funding was opened in April to help organisations that are supporting communities in response to the pandemic. The funding is now coming to an end and the last date for funding submission is Friday 18 September 2020, and applications are to be made via Groundwork East.

Organisations can apply for up to £500 to help with the following:

  • Increased demand – e.g. a holiday hunger club needs more resources to support children through the summer months or a food bank whose stocks are running low and needs an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.
  • Disrupted services– e.g. a local charity setting up a delivery service to replace its monthly lunch club, or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
  • New services – e.g. a health focused charity having to set up a new online patient service requires new IT equipment or a mental health charity developing a new service.

Groundwork encourage all organisations who meet the funding criteria to apply, and second applications are also welcomed (provided the work funded by the first has been completed).

For more information contact Jane Herbert on 07726 695996 or

Groundwork has been working with Tesco on the Bags of Help funding that began in 2015 in response to the introduction of charging for plastic bags to reduce levels of single use plastic.

During the COVID 19 pandemic Tesco made the decision, back in April, to make £2 million available across the UK to help charities and organisations who work with communities to get through this difficult time or to take on new initiatives to support communities during the pandemic. In June they extended the funding and made available another £2 million to enable even more support for these groups as the pandemic continues.


Find our how charities have benefitted so far: