Stronger Starts supports thousands of local community projects and good causes across the UK. The scheme is open to all schools, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people. It provides grants of up to £1500 to local projects from across the whole of Scotland.

We would encourage all groups and projects that support children and young people with a stronger start in life to apply. A wide range of projects fit the bill - improving school playgrounds, growing and food projects, outdoor play and purchasing kit for healthy activities.

Tesco Stronger Starts is administered by Groundwork who are working with our team at greenspace scotland to support applicants and successful projects in Scotland. If you need help applying then don't hesitate to contact your local Community Enabler, details below.

How does Stronger Starts work?

Stronger Starts is open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500 via an on-line application form. Every three months, three local good causes are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK.

Stronger Starts replaces Tesco Community Grants. Applications already made to Tesco Community Grants will still be eligible and assessed for the Stronger Starts fund. There is no need to make a new application.

What types of projects will Stronger Starts fund?

Applications are open to all local good causes, but the fund prioritises projects that support children's food security and health and local store nominated good causes. This is not an exhaustive list and other project ideas also welcomed.

Examples include:

  • School Breakfast clubs
  • Holiday clubs
  • Play areas
  • Food banks
  • Counselling and support services for children
  • Equipment or non-statutory services for nurseries or schools e.g. forest schools, library books
  • Equipment for Brownie, Guide or Scout Groups e.g. camping equipment, badges
  • Services or equipment to support children and young people’s health
  • Equipment/kit for youth sports teams

For full details of eligibility and the application process click apply now.

Apply now

Nominate and support a local project that matters to you

If you are a Tesco customer or colleague, you can also nominate any local project or good cause that you’d like to see supported. They will be contacted and if they are eligible for funding, we will encourage them to apply.

Nominate here

Any questions? Contact your Community Enabler

We are happy to help. Contact the friendly Community Enabler at greenspace scotland for your local area.

Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee, Perth & Kinross, Fife and Stirlingshire.  

Email Rita Tel 07825 678321

Highlands, Eilean Siar, Moray, Argyll and Bute, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.

Email Tamara Tel 07825 671968

Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway

Email Sue Tel 07825 678249

See our Bags of Help Case Studies to read about some of the successful projects, supported under the earlier Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme.