Changes to Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grants scheme mean more frequent funding.

I’m sure you’ve heard about Tesco’s Bags of Help grants scheme, which Groundwork is proud to administer. What you may not know, though, is that there have recently been a few changes which make it even more accessible.

Grants are awarded 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.

In order to give Tesco customers a say much more frequently on where their money goes, the Bags of Help scheme is now permanently open for applications.

There are also a number of other exciting changes to the scheme. Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores opened up to a greater range of projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces.

As well as physical improvements of open spaces – such as building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens – projects that will now get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Following a public vote, three projects in each region will now receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.  Please note the maximum amount you can now apply for is £5,000. Previously awarded grants are unaffected by these changes to the scheme.

Please apply yourself or spread this exciting news and encourage others to apply or nominate a project. Find out more and apply on our dedicated Bags of Help website.

If you have questions that aren’t answered by the information on the website, or you’d like some extra support, feel free to get in touch with Victoria Rudd, Enabler for Essex, on 07736 132873 or [email protected]

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