Tesco Community Grants

Our Tesco Community Grants scheme helps to fund thousands of local projects across the country. Since 2016 we’ve supported over 36,000 community groups with more than £85m in grants. We want to make a positive difference - because where our communities thrive, our business and our colleagues thrive too.

How it works

  • Applications are open to all local good causes but we are focusing on projects supporting young people, those providing food and local causes close to our colleagues hearts.

  • Charities, community groups and not for profit organisations can apply for one of our grants through our charity partner Groundwork.

  • Eligible projects are put forward to shortlisting panels where our colleague select the projects that will go through to a customer vote.

  • Every three months customers can vote with a blue token for the project that they would like to receive funding in their local community*.

*Due to COVID-19 we’ve currently paused customer voting so all of the projects shortlisted by our colleagues will receive a grant of £1000. 

You can find out more information or apply for a grant here

"With your help, we have been able to make a big difference to those navigating these uncertain times, thank you." - Reuben's Retreat

Our Partners 

We have worked alongside Groundwork, a national charity who have helped develop and administer our scheme since 2016 ensuring that we meet their principle of transforming lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. Last year, Groundwork supported 9,000 community groups to deliver locally-led projects that create better places, improve people’s prospects and promote greener choices.

Our Legacy

We've been awarding community grants since 2016. In this time we’ve supported more than 6,000 schools, over 2,000 sports teams, 2,300 Brownies, Guides, Rainbows, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Rangers groups and 1,400 elderly and vulnerable groups

To see the projects that have been supported close to you check out our interactive map here

Covid-19 Community Fund – Many community groups have struggled to adapt the services they offer as a result of the pandemic. Between April and September 2020 our Covid-19 community fund offered £500 grants to help charities and community groups adapt the services they offered with 8000 groups sharing £4m worth of funding.

See the projects that have been supported here

Supporting Young People – Between October and December 2020 we focused our support on helping children and young people’s groups. Groundwork’s insight told us that these were some of the most affected and so we provided £2m in support to 2,000 groups across the UK. We also provided grants to those who needed food, who could not access food in their usual way like lunch clubs, to elderly people, food banks and more.

"You helped us help them, straight away on the front line of crisis" - The Sparkle Academy