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Tesco’s Bags of Help is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy which went into effect on 5 October 2015. The charity Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better, is administering the local funding.

Voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, parish and town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for a share of the £12 million carrier bag charge fund. (Round 1 awarded more than £11.5 million to winning projects across Great Britain.)

Grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 are to be used for capital improvements to local community greenspaces that have free and open access to all members of the community for a minimum of six days a week, during daylight hours.

Projects that would typically receive funding include:

  • Parks, pocket parks and urban green spaces.
  • Green corridors, such as river and canals, cycle ways.
  • Formal and informal play areas.
  • Open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds, such as football pitches, tennis courts and cricket pitches.
  • Informal outdoor recreation facilities, such as gym equipment, trim trails and woodland walks.
  • Nature reserves, community woodland, ponds and village greens.
  • Churchyards.
  • Seafront improvements.
  • Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms.
  • Spaces in the grounds of hospices and day centres.
  • Allotments.
  • School grounds.
  • Community spaces on housing estates or residential.


The deadline for applications is 3 June 2016 (noon).

Once all the bids are in and have been shortlisted to a final three, Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in stores for which of the environmental improvement projects they would like to see win the prize money. Customers will be able to vote for their favourite project from early October 2016.

Tesco’s Head of Charity and Local Community Caroline Silke said:

“The first round of awards for the Bags of Help project was a fantastic success.

“More than 4,500 groups applied for funding with 1,170 projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions up and down the UK to bagging a share of the Bags of Help fund.

“It has been wonderful to see the projects coming to life and to hear how delighted people have been with their award. We can’t wait to start handing out our second round of funding. I would urge people to get their applications in now.”

Full details can be found on the Tesco Bags of Help website

Source: Tesco Bags of Help, 18/04/2016


Who can apply?

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England and Wales.


Fund Amount

Up to £12,000

Closing Date

3rd June 2016

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