Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, administered by Groundwork and funded by the proceeds of the government’s carrier bag levy, is now open for applications all year round. Community groups are invited to apply for grants to help improve their local community spaces for projects such as creating allotments and community gardens, forest school sessions for schools, helping to set up a Britain in Bloom project and supporting practical training for young people learning horticultural skills.
Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores every two months throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £4,000 with the second placed project receiving up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000.
Since its launch in October 2015, the scheme has awarded over 27 million pounds to more than 3,500 community groups.