Key points

·         Bags of Help is funded by Tesco customers through the 5p carrier bag levy

·         Three projects will be shortlisted to go forward to a public vote in each of the 200 Tesco regions every month

·         Each month three projects in each region will be awarded a grant based on the number of votes received: first place receives up to £5000, second place up to £2000 and third place up to £1000.

·         Grants are available to projects in England, Wales and Scotland
Projects in Northern Ireland are not covered by this scheme

·         Projects must deliver a physical environmental improvement and/or encourage use and long term sustainability of outdoor spaces

·         Find out more and apply at www.groundwork.org.uk/tesco

      Which types of projects are eligible?

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (eg Primary Care Trust, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Hospital), Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, social housing providers.

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.

Applications will not be funded where individuals have applied as groups must be fully constituted. Profit-making organisations are also ineligible for funding.

Sites solely used for religious or political purposes will not be eligible, nor will sites where a charge is made to access the project location such as a children’s farm, or play area provided on private land.

Bags of Help can fund 100% of your project costs so you do not have to have any match funding. However, if you secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded by Bags of Help can form part of your wider project costs.

Your project can be a stand-alone project or discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project. You will need to complete your project within twelve months of receipt of the grant.

For any projects that are making a physical improvement to an outdoor space, you will need the landowner’s permission and you might also need other permissions – eg planning permission. These need to be in place before you submit your application and the landowner permission form will need to be completed and signed as part of your application

What types of projects will Bags of Help fund?

Bags of Help will fund projects that deliver a physical environmental improvement or encourage the use and long term sustainability of outdoor spaces.

Projects that would typically receive funding include (but are not limited to):

·         Developing nature trail in a local park or nature reserve

·         Purchasing bee hives and seeding wildflower meadow on a community allotment

·         Providing forest school sessions in a primary school for 12 months
Developing a garden in a hospice, purchasing plants, benches and pergola

·         Supporting artist in residence to work with the community to develop an art trail.

·         Setting up a growing project for sheltered accommodation residents

·         Supporting a gardening project which helps local isolated residents form a gardening club

·         Supporting practical training for young people learning horticultural skills

·         Funding a series of summer events in a local park

·         Funding a programme of beach clean up events

·         Repainting swings and play equipment in a park

·         Supporting community run summer sports and leisure activities in parks.

·         Helping to set up Britain in Bloom local group, purchasing plants, planters, forks, spades and compost.

·         Developing a community garden or orchard

·         Supporting local football club with the purchase of nets, balls and coaching sessions for under 12’s