From early January 2020, community groups will be able to apply for funding of up to £2000 for projects in England, Wales and Scotland that benefit their local community. Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.
The funding has been made available by the Tesco’s Bags of Help programme which is administered by Groundwork and can cover a broad range of projects and can be used: to purchase sports kit, litter pickers, camping equipment; improvements to buildings; the development of outdoor space such as a play area or woodland; running a community event or supporting seasonal activities.
Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £2,000, second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500.
Since the Bags of Help programme began in 2016, over 27,000 projects have been supported with more than £80 million in community grants.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.