Tesco Community Grants: Supporting children, families and those in food poverty

Tesco Community Grants support local good causes that focus on helping children and families.

The fund replaces Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme which has been running since 2016. To date, Tesco’s grants have funded over 36,000 community projects across the UK-  helping to fight holiday hunger, tackle mental health, support young people, host community events and much more. Awarded funds from the scheme has since surpassed £85Million, with £2Million donated in each funding round.

The scheme aims to make a positive difference – because where communities thrive, business and colleagues thrive too. Tesco Community Grants is administered by Groundwork who’s experienced funding enablers are on hand to support groups through the application process, providing advice and guidance.

We are thrilled to be continuing our work with Tesco to provide funding for groups who are doing inspiring work to support their communities.

Amy Wright, Community Project Lead, Groundwork Greater Manchester
Examples of eligible applications for Tesco Community Grants include:
  • Local school’s that need food for a children’s breakfast club
  • Voluntary organisations that work with families to run holiday clubs
  • Charities supporting  young people with specialist advice to manage mental health
  • Brownie or scout groups needing new tents
  • Youth sports clubs in need of new equipment
  • Family advice centres wanting to recruit more volunteers
  • Local friends of a park group wanting to develop play areas

Spoons neonatal charity are just one of the groups who have been funded through the scheme. With support from Tesco’s grants they have been able to run a peer support group for parents in North Manchester, training volunteers to provide a listening ear and comfort for parents in times of need.

Tesco funding has enabled Spoons Charity to provide continuous support throughout a very challenging 12 months. “We have been able to create strong links with staff at the Cheetham Hill Tesco store and we value the support we receive from them throughout the year.”

One parent said: “The volunteers were absolutely outstanding at listening and being empathetic to our struggles: as a couple, and a family and as a parent. It felt when things were too much, they held us when we needed the comfort.”

To get started with your application, please read the guidance notes and complete the eligibility checker. Whether you’re a Tesco customer or member of staff, you can also nominate a project you’d like to see receive funding. Contact our funding enablers with any questions: 

Amy (Mon-Fri) – amy.wright@groundwork.org.uk or 07872400743

Jules (Tues – Thurs) – julie.thornton@groundwork.org.uk or 07867354440

Drop in workshops

If you are interested in applying for funding but have further questions, we will be running three online drop in workshops to help. We would particularly welcome attendance from groups who are based in the listed areas where we have fewer applications currently: 

  • Accrington, Altrincham, Baguley, Blackburn, Bolton, Cheetham Hill, Clitheroe, Great Harwood, Middleton, Oldham, Ramsbottom and Rochdale

Dates available (please feel free to join anytime throughout the hour) 

  • Wednesday 28th April, 1-2pm
  • Thursday 6th May, 2-3pm
  • Friday 7th May, 10-11am

To register your interest and receive the Zoom link, please contact amy.wright@groundwork.org.uk