Community groups and schools can now apply for funding of up to £1,000 for projects in England, Wales and Scotland that benefit their local community.
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. Examples include:
- Equipment or non-statutory services for nurseries or schools e.g. Forest schools, library books
- Equipment for Brownie, Guide or Scout Groups e.g., camping equipment, badges.
- Environmental improvements
- Play areas
- Counselling and support services
- Activities to support mental health
- Activities or equipment to reduce social isolation
- Equipment/kit for sports teams
- Services or equipment to support health issues such as cancer or dementia
- Equipment for village/community halls
Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every three months. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £1,000.
The type of organisations that can apply include:
- Voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies),
- Health bodies (e.g., Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust),
- Parish/Town Councils,
- Local authorities
- Social housing providers
Since the Bags of Help programme began in 2016, over 27,000 projects have been supported with more than £80 million in community grants.