Tesco Bags of Help is temporary closed and will relaunch on Thursday 1 April. To register interest in receiving  information about the new programme, please email: tescocommunitygrants@groundwork.org.uk

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year.  The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork who are working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.

How does Bags of Help work?

Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations.

Three projects in 575 local communities are voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK*, with projects changing every three months.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and 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.

What types of projects will Bags of Help fund?

Examples include:

  • Equipment or non statutory services for nurseries or schools eg Forest schools, library books
  • Equipment for Brownie, Guide or Scout Groups eg camping equipment, badges
  • Environmental improvements
  • Play areas
  • Counselling and support services
  • Activities to support mental health
  • Activities or equipment to reduce social isolation
  • Equipment/kit for sports teams
  • Services or equipment to support health issues such as cancer or dementia
    Equipment for village/community halls

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 – e.g. 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.

For more information go to https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/