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The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant

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A small number of grants are available to larger not-for-profit organisations for projects in England, Scotland or Wales that provide a significant benefit to communities across the whole of the Centenary region.

Fund Information

Funding body:


Maximum value:

£ 25,000

Application deadline:



To celebrate 100 years of doing business, Tesco has created the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants scheme.

Community charity Groundwork is working in partnership with Tesco to deliver Bags of Help Centenary Grants. greenspace scotland support projects in Scotland.

Objectives of Fund

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants are two special voting rounds of the Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme and offers a unique opportunity to benefit more people.

The funding is for projects in England, Scotland or Wales that provide a significant benefit to communities across their centenary voting region. These regions are very large geographic areas and cover multiple counties, unitary authorities or boroughs. There are 23 regions in England, 3 regions in Wales, 5 regions in Scotland and 1 region for Northern Ireland.

Three community projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores in two voting periods:

  • The July/August 2019 voting period is for projects with a health and wellbeing theme. Priority will be given to projects focussing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The deadline for applications is 19 April 2019.

  • The theme and deadline for the second voting period will be provided at a later date.

Eligible applications that meet the programme criteria which do not have a Health and Wellbeing focus will be considered for a later funding round.

Value Notes

Following a vote by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, in July/August and November/December 2019, the project that receives the most votes in the voting region will receive a grant:

  • First place - Up to £25,000.

  • Second place - Up to £15,000.

  • Third place - Up to £10,000.

Please note: groups are encouraged to apply for the top amount of funding £25,000 with a scaled down budget in case they are awarded one of the lower amounts (£15,000 or £10,000). Groups will only be awarded the amount they apply for even if they come first in the voting.

Match Funding Restrictions

The grant can cover 100% of the project cost so match funding is not required.

However, for groups that have secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded by Bags of Help Centenary Grants can form part of their wider project costs.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales can apply.

This includes:

  • Registered charities.

  • Voluntary and community organisations.

  • Community Interest Companies.

  • Friends of groups.

  • Schools.

  • Health bodies such as Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trusts, Foundation Trusts.

  • Parish, Town, or Community Councils.

  • Local Authorities.

  • Social housing providers.

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.

Organisations must be constituted and have a governing document.

Larger groups with a national or regional reach would be appropriate, such as the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, Diabetes UK, Wildlife Trusts, Museums etc.

Small community groups may partner with other groups to apply as long as the overall reach covers the specific region.

The funder encourages partnership working to enable a project to be delivered across the whole voting region, however, there will need to be a lead organisation to make the application and manage the funding.


Regions of England, Scotland or Wales


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals

  • Groups that are not formally constituted or cannot provide a relevant Governance Document.

  • Profit-making organisations

  • Projects that do not provide a significant benefit to communities across the voting region

  • Exclusively organisational running costs

  • Work that has already taken place

  • Political donations

  • Fundraising activities or challenges (e.g. costs for a sky dive, etc.)

  • Conferences or seminars

  • Activities which collect funds for redistribution to other charities or individuals

  • Overseas appeals

  • Expeditions or overseas travel

  • Promotion of a religious or political cause

  • Solely marketing promotions

  • Research projects/feasibility studies

  • Project development work (e.g. site surveys, consultation, legal fees)

  • Projects or activities that are a legal or statutory responsibility.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for projects that will provide significant community benefit across the whole voting region, or a significant part of it.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project.

This could range from:

  • Improvements to a building of regional or national significance that benefits the whole community such as a museum, hospice, specialist hospital ward, art gallery, heritage centre, wildlife centre or an ancient monument.

  • Improvements to an outdoor space of regional or national significance such as walking/cycling routes, gardens, nature reserves, wildlife areas, waterways or woodlands.

  • Delivering activities or charitable services across a whole region such as health and wellbeing support activities, foodbanks, community clubs, homelessness support, sporting activities, recycling/upcycling programmes, regional school focused programmes and community festivals or events.

  • Providing equipment that will benefit the whole region such as medical equipment, minibuses, mobile libraries and safety equipment.

Projects can be a stand-alone project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.

How To Apply

Groups should first check which region their project will be in on the map provided through the Groundwork website.

Guidance notes and frequently asked questions are available on Groundwork website. These should be read before starting the online eligibility quiz which will enable access to the application form.

 There will be two voting periods in 2019:

  • The July/August 2019 voting period is for projects with a health and wellbeing theme. Priority will be given to projects focussing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The deadline for applications is 19 April 2019.

  • The theme and deadline for round two have not been released.

Tesco staff will attend a local shortlisting meeting and choose their top three projects from the applications that have applied in that specific region.


Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Groundwork Tesco Programme Team
    Tel: 0121 237 5780
    Email: [email protected]

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