The second round of grant awards from the Tesco Bags Of Help is expected to open for applications on 18 April.
The grants are funded by the 5p carrier bag charge in Tesco stores across the UK.
The grants programme will be 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
- Seafront improvements
- Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms
- Spaces in the grounds of hospices and day centres
- School grounds
- Community spaces on housing estates or residential areas
You do not need to have any matchfunding for your project, but if you do include matchfunding, this must not be higher than 25% of your total project costs. Your project can be a stand-alone project or a 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.
You will need the landownders permission and you might also need other permissions such as planning permission. These need to be in place before you submit your application.
The application process is being run by Groundwork this time. Groundwork will assess and check all the applications before sending a shortlist of applications to Tesco for their panel to decide on three successful projects to go forward to the customer vote.
More information on the Groundwork website here.