Hopefully you have heard about Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which sees the money raised by the 5p bag charge channeled into projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Following a public vote, three projects in each area will receive funding every month, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.
There is just one week left to submit applications for the first voting window – the earlier that groups submit their applications, the less competition they’ll have.
The scheme is open to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), and social housing providers (This list is not exhaustive).
Eligible projects include physical improvements of open spaces – such as building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens – volunteer training, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.