Since Bags of Help programme began in 2016, it has supported over 27,000 projects with more than £80 million in community grants. Tesco Bags of Help will be open for new applications from early January 2020 and community groups will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,000. Please sign up to our mailing list if you would like to be notified when grant applications reopen.

When will the Bags of Help grants programme accept new applications?

It will be re-opening soon, but please sign up to our ebulletin if you would like to be notified when grant applications reopen and to find out about any changes to the programme.

Is the Bags of Help Centenary grant programme still open?

No, the Centenary Grant scheme is now closed and no longer accepting applications. 

I have already submitted an application. Will this be progressed?

Groundwork will continue to assess applications that have already been submitted and you will be informed if your application is ineligible or incomplete. Your application will then be paused until grant applications have reopened. Groundwork will contact you at this point to progress your application. 

I was in a public vote and told I had received an award. Will this still be paid?

Yes, you will still receive your funding, provided you accept your award and provide Groundwork  with the required information or send us your project completion report. Please log into your account on the GIFTs system to provide this information in the usual way. 

I already have an application in progress, what should I do?

You will be able to submit your application when grant applications for the Bags of Help scheme have reopened. Please sign up to our ebulletin to be notified when grant applications reopen.

The online GIFTS system will store your application on your account and you will not lose the information you’ve already provided.  

Are there any other grant schemes available?

You may also wish to have a look at the other funding available on our website to see if any meet your needs or sign up to our monthly ebulletin that features funding. 

Further information is available here.

Any questions?  We are happy to help, contact the Community Enabler for your area at greenspace scotland.

  • Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Angus - contact Rita Callander, Tel 07825 678321
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  • Highlands, Eilean Siar, Moray, Argyll and Bute, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire contact Tamara Hedderwick, Tel 07825 671968 
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  • Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Dumfries & Galloway - Sue Wyllie, Tel 07825 678249 
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  • Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire – Caroline Crawford, Tel 07825 678277 
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  • Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Dundee, Perth and Stirling - Helen Stockham, Tel 07884 495455
    Contact Helen