Grants are available to support a wide range of community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations with capital improvement projects for local community greenspaces in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Bags of Help Programme has been funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a Government carrier bag levy.
Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across the UK. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £2,000. The second placed project received up to £1,000 and third placed up to £500.
The programme is being launched on a permanent basis in Northern Ireland starting from January 2020.
The programme is managed by Groundwork in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and by greenspace Scotland in Scotland.
Objectives of Fund
The fund's aim is to support local community groups, organisations, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations through awards for equipment, activities and refurbishing or developing buildings and outdoor spaces.
Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every three months (prior to 2020 it was every other month).
Following the vote, grants will be awarded as follows:
First place - up to £2,000.
Second place - up to £1,000.
Third place - up to £500.
Match Funding Restrictions
Match funding is not required as the scheme can fund 100% of the total project costs. However, for applicants that have 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 their wider project costs.
Who Can Apply
Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply as long as they are constituted and have a governing document.
Voluntary and community organisations.
Community Interest Companies.
Friends of groups.
Health bodies such as a Primary Care Trust, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Hospital.
Parish, Town, or Community Councils.
Social housing providers.
This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.
Please note: due to the volume of applications received, groups that have been previously funded through the scheme are less likely to be successful with their application and they are not eligible to apply for funding again until 12 months have passed from their previous application.
If the application is unsuccessful and rejected, the group will not be eligible to apply again until 12 months has passed since the rejection of their previous application.
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Grants must be used for projects which develop local communities.
Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, specialised medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment.
Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
Developing an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.
Projects can be a stand-along project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.
How To Apply
There are no deadlines. This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time. Groups can also reapply at any time.
Applicants will need the postcode of the Tesco store that is nearest to their project in order to complete the eligibility quiz.
Eligible applicants will be given a link to the full application form.
The applications will be assessed by Groundwork to ensure that they are eligible. This will be followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups.
The final projects will then go forward to the in-store vote.
Useful documents & links
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
- Groundwork Tesco Programme Team
5 Scotland Street
Tel: 0121 237 5780
Email: [email protected]