The Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme has made two important changes for applications made after August 2016.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund community projects across Great Britain.

The funding is intended for not-for-profit organisations with projects that deliver physical environmental improvement and encourage the use and long-term sustainability of outdoor spaces. Projects will now include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities. Projects can be a stand-along project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.

An in-store vote each month determines which projects are funded. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across 200 regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

In each region, the three projects that receive the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant awarded for first, second and third place. According to Groundwork, which administers the fund, more than 7,000 projects will receive funding through this scheme each year.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales as long as they are constituted and have a governing document.

The changes are:

    The amount of the awards has been decreased from £12,000 to £5,000 for first place; from £10,000 to £2,000 for second place; and from £8,000 to £1,000 for first place.
    There are no more deadlines. Applications can be made at any time and are assessed monthly.

The programme is managed by Groundwork, an environmental charity, in England and Wales and in partnership with greenspace Scotland in Scotland.

Full details can be found on the Groundwork website

Source: Groundwork, 25/08/2016