Important Notice

Since the Bags of Help programme began in 2016, it has been able to support over 25,000 projects across Scotland, England and Wales with more than £75 million in community grants. We’ve been blown away by the success of the scheme and applications for funding have risen significantly. In order to ensure we can consider all the groups that have already submitted applications, new applications to the scheme have been temporarily paused.

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

This has not yet been confirmed, but please sign up to our ebulletin if you would like to be notified when grant applications reopen.

Does this also apply to the Bags of Help Centenary grant?

No, the Centenary Grant scheme is still accepting applications as usual. Click the link below to find out more about applying:

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?

Yes, the Bags of Help Centenary grant and Tesco Centenary Fund (Northern Ireland) continue to accept applications.  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
    Contact Rita 

  • Highlands, Eilean Siar, Moray, Argyll and Bute, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire contact Tamara Hedderwick, Tel 07825 671968 
    Contact Tamara 

  • Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Dumfries & Galloway - Sue Wyllie, Tel 07825 678249 
    Contact Sue

  • Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire – Caroline Crawford, Tel 07825 678277 
    Contact Caroline

  • Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Dundee, Perth and Stirling - Helen Stockham, Tel 07884 495455
    Contact Helen