Applications to Tesco Bags of Help are officially open for 2020, with more than £1,000,000 to be shared across Scotland throughout 2020. Community groups and charities across Scotland are being invited to apply for funding through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Three groups will be awarded grant amounts of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 every three months in a total of 75 funding areas across Scotland, from Shetland in the north to Stranraer in the south.

The scheme sees money raised from the sale of reusable Bags for Life in Tesco stores across the country used to fund local projects. And customers decide where the money goes, casting their votes for shortlisted charities using blue tokens handed out in stores.

The scheme runs in partnership with Scottish charity greenspace scotland and Groundwork UK. Emma Halliday, Programme Manager at greenspace scotland, said:    

“We encourage community groups to apply for Bags of Help funding to help improve places and spaces in local communities. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Keith Jackson, Bags of Help Manager at Tesco, said:

“From projects to improve community spaces to groups looking for support with community events, purchasing new equipment and funding coaches, we encourage you to nominate and apply, and get involved in this fantastic scheme.

“In Scotland Bags of Help has provided more than £10.5 million of funding to more than 3,500 local community projects to date, and there is so much more we want to help groups to achieve.”  

Our team of friendly Community Enablers can answer your questions or support you to apply so don't hesitate to get in touch. Their contact details can be found here.

Good luck with your application!