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Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund review

We know how important it is to support the communities we serve. This work has never been more vital than over the past 6 months. By working together with our partners, we’re proud to be part of thousands of communities making a positive impact.

Following the coronavirus lockdown, Tesco Bags of Help, administered by Groundwork responded to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities: the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund. The fund was created to support groups which experienced disrupted services or had a need for a new service, as well as existing groups that were experiencing increased demand due to COVID-19.

The fund provided a single payment award of £500 to organisations across the UK which supported vulnerable groups including voluntary and community organisations, schools and registered charities. Examples of funding included supporting food banks, setting up telephone services to support beneficiaries and setting up an online patient service.

The grants provided through the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund have had a significant impact on communities across the UK, with a total of £4m being awarded to 8,000 groups when the fund closed in September 2020.

A review of the COVID-19 Communities Fund can be found in a report written by Groundwork here.

During October, November and December, Tesco will be providing grants of up to £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people. More information on applying can be found here.

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