Bags for Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities across the UK. 

Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community event.

Administration of the local funding is being managed by the community charity with a green heart, Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.

About the Tesco Bags of Help programme

Funding raised by the carrier bag charge at Tesco stores is being used for grants to improve local parks, hold community events, support sports groups and more. The grants are managed by the community charity Groundwork UK.

About Groundwork

Groundwork is passionate about creating a future where everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and where everyone can reach their potential.

How does Bags for Help work?

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 throughout the UK, 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 £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations, schools, health bodies, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust, Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

Applications will not be funded where:

  • Individuals have applied, as groups must be fully constituted
  • Profit-making organisations are also ineligible for funding

What type of projects will Bags for Help fund?

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project this could range from:

  • Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, specialised medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment
  • Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports
  • Development an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, schools grounds, woodland or wildlife area
  • Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
  • Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing Christmas lights supporting a Christmas mean for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the  community etc.

Bags for 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.

Projects that are ineligible:

  • work that has already taken place
  • political donations
  • fundraising activities or challenges
  • running costs and organisation overheads
  • conferences or seminars
  • activities which collect funds for redistribution to other charities or individuals
  • overseas appeals
  • expeditions or overseas travel
  • promotion of a religious or political cause
  • marketing promotions
  • research projects
  • projects or activities that the state has a legal obligation to provide.

To find out more about this scheme please visit the Bags for Help website. Alternatively, to contact Groundwork directly please use the contact information also provide on the right hand side.