Bags of Help

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Apply for a Bags of Help Grant

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. During October, November and December 2020 the grant scheme will provide grants of £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.

Apply for a grant here

Funding local community projects across Britain

We encourage our customers to bring their own reusable bags to Tesco and in August 2017 we replaced single use carrier bags with new Bags for Life which are now made from 100% recycled and fully recyclable plastic. Customers can have their Bag for Life replaced for free if broken or damaged, in store.

The sale of our Bags for Life raises millions of pounds for good causes across the United Kingdom. Projects range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces, to new equipment, training coaches and volunteers, and hosting community events. 

Through their work in the community, our Community Champions are able to raise awareness of this initiative and encourage local charities and organisations to apply and offer support.

Bags of Help has awarded over £88 million in grants to over 36,000 community projects since launching in October 2015. To make sure the money goes to causes that matter, we work with a charity called Groundwork.

How do we work with Groundwork?

Groundwork charity working locally and nationally to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. Last year, they helped more than 9,000 community organisations across carry out community projects, unlocked 50,000 days of social action, planted 59,000 trees and supported 6,000 learners to achieve qualifications.

One of the key ways Groundwork supports communities is by distributing grants to local groups and charities. They also make sure groups can access support through their network of local enablers. These experienced community workers can help people with their applications and help deliver projects with the funds awarded.

As a charity Groundwork is committed to performing this role in the most cost-effective way possible. To help us administer the scheme we pay Groundwork £1.6 million pa. More than 60% of these management funds are used to provide this front-line support to local groups.

We are proud to be working with Groundwork to help us administer the scheme. To find out how to get involved and how to apply for funding visit: Groundwork Tesco Bags of Help.

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Find out more information on how we are supporting community groups here.