What the programme has achieved
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.
During March -August the programme provided a single payment award of £500 to organisations who support vulnerable groups, as part of their COVID-19 emergency response in supporting local communities. This included organisations that had experienced increased demand or disruption on their services, or to fund new community services.
In the last six months, Tesco Bags of Help has awarded £4 million to over 8,000 groups.
Bags of Help moving forward
During October, November and December 2020 the grant scheme will provide grants of £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.
What types of projects will Bags of Help fund?
At the end of September we will be providing grants of £1000 to support local projects focused on children and young people.
This theme could cover a large mixture of local causes. Examples include:
- Mental Health support for children and young people – COVID-19 has had an impact on the health and well being of children, particularly mental health.
- Outdoor activities – sport & green space provision for children & young people including use of green spaces support well being through physical activities.
- Non statuary educational activities – to support, widen and rebuild educational support networks for children, web based activities. Sport, exercise, and arts.
- Young carers– support for young carers as a result of current and continued isolation.
- Bereavement counselling – offering support to children that have lost family members and support networks due to COVID-19
- Child poverty – to support organisations that offer family support that are further impacted by COVID-19, which could include food/educational packs, free activities.
- Vulnerable at risk children – the pandemic has impacted vulnerable children with challenging home & family circumstances.
Other local good causes supporting children and young people will also be considered.
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.