Apply for green space funding through Tesco Bags of Help

News story posted: 26/04/2016

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland, and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. It will fund projects that benefit communities by physically improving open and greenspaces that do not charge for access.


Six projects are selected to receive funding in each of 400 regions annually, which means that over two thousand different projects will receive funding from the bag charge after just one year.

The grants programme is open to organisations such as: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, schools, hospices, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations.  Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.


Projects that would typically receive funding include:


  • Parks, pocket parks and urban green spaces
  • Green corridors – river and canals, cycle ways
  • Formal and informal play areas
  • Open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds – eg football pitches, tennis courts and cricket pitches
  • Informal outdoor recreation facilities; eg 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 areas


Successful projects will go forward to a public vote in Tesco stores which will decide whether they receive a grant of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available online at www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme


Groundwork anticipates grants being awarded to 144 successful groups across Scotland in November 2016.  We have a team of Community Enablers that can provide support or advice when submitting your application. Find their details here: http://greenspacescotland.org.uk/bags-of-help.aspx


Applications for the second round of Tesco Bags of Help are open from 18 April and closes on Friday 3 June 2016. Apply through this link: www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme/Pages/large-grants-tes


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