Not for profit organisations including registered charities, community interest companies, health bodies, NHS Hospital Trusts, Foundation Trusts), local authorities and social housing providers (the list is not exhaustive) can apply for funding for projects that have a significant community benefit within individual Tesco regions.
The funding is being made available through the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants. 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.
There will be two voting rounds during 2019. Three community projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, in July/August and November/December 2019. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in the Tesco voting region will receive a grant of up to £25,000, second place receiving up to £15,000 and third place up to £10,000.
The July/August 2019 voting period will feature projects with a Health and Wellbeing theme and projects focusing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes will be prioritised.
A different scheme operates in Northern Ireland. Please follow this link to find out more about the Northern Ireland programme.