Monday, 2 November 2015

Tesco Community Greenspace Grants

The Community Greenspace Grants programme is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags which was introduced in England on 5 October 2015 and is already in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The programme is managed by Groundwork, an environmental charity, in England and Wales and in partnership with Greenspace Scotland in Scotland.
Funding is available for capital improvements to local community green spaces, such as parks, play areas and community gardens.
Over the next three years, starting in 2015, funding will be awarded each year to six projects in each of the 428 regions across Britain where Tesco has stores.
Grants of £8.000£10,000 and £12,000 are available.
There will be two voting rounds a year. Nominations will be whittled down to three good causes that customers can choose from to vote for in each area.
This means that more than 2,500 different projects will receive funding each year.
Funding will be available for capital projects that provide community benefit and have free and open access to all members of the community for a minimum of six days a week, during daylight hours.
Projects that would typically receive funding include:
o Parks, pocket parks and urban greenspaces.
o Green corridors - river and canals, cycle ways.
o Formal and informal play areas.
o Open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds, such as football pitches, tennis courts and cricket pitches.
o Informal outdoor recreation facilities, such as gym equipment, trim trails and woodland walks.
o Nature reserves, community woodlands, ponds and village greens.
o Churchyards.
o Seafront improvements.
o Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms.
Applications should be for a stand-alone project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger project or part of a phased project.
The following types of organisation may apply for funding:
o Voluntary and community organisations;
o Registered charities;
o Parish and town councils:
o Health bodies;
o Social enterprises:
o Community Interest Companies:
o Local authorities;
o Housing organisations; and
o Community Councils.
Other not-for-profit organisations may also be eligible. Organisations that make a profit and individuals are not eligible to apply to the programme.
There is no match funding requirement to access a grant, but the grant should be the majority of the funding required for the project.
Applicants must first complete an online Eligibility Quiz to be able to proceed to the application form.
Groundwork will assess the applications received and then submit a shortlist of applications for a Tesco regional panel to agree to three projects to go forward to a public vote.
Local Tesco customers will then be able to vote for a local project over two weekends.
The 2015 deadline is 12 noon on Friday 27 November.
It is anticipated that there will be two funding rounds per year over the next three years.
For further information visit the Groundwork website.
Contact details for Groundwork are:
5 Scotland Street
Birmingham B1 2RR
Tel: 0121 236 8565

(Source: GRIN)

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