Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Tesco - Bags of Help Programme

The Bags of Help Programme is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of the carrier bag levy.
Each month, an in-store vote will determine which projects will be funded. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores across 200 regions throughout Great Britain. Go to theStore Locator to find the nearest Tesco store to you.
In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1000. (PLEASE NOTE: this represents a decrease in funding levels from previous awards of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000. Application deadlines have also been replaced by a rolling programme where applications can be submitted at any time.) 
Every year, over 7,000 projects will receive funding through this scheme. There is no match funding requirement. Projects can be a stand-along project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.
Grants must be used for projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment and/or encourage the use and long-term stability of outdoor spaces. Examples include:
o Developing nature trails in a local park or nature reserve;
o Purchasing bee hives and seeding wildflower meadows on a community allotment;
o Providing forest school sessions in a primary school for 12 months;
o Developing a garden in a hospice, purchasing plants, benches and pergola;
o Supporting an artist in residence to work with the community to develop an art trail;
o Setting up a growing project for sheltered accommodation residents;
o Supporting a gardening project which helps local isolated residents form a gardening club;
o Supporting practical training for young people learning horticultural skills;
o Funding a series of summer events in a local park;
o Funding a programme of beach clean-up events;
o Repainting swings and play equipment in a park;
o Supporting community run summer sports and leisure activities in parks;
o Helping to set up Britain in Bloom local groups, purchasing plants, planters, forks, spades and compost;
o Developing a community garden or orchard;  and
o Supporting local football clubs with the purchase of nets, balls and coaching sessions for under 12’s.
Not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales can apply, including (please note this list is not exhaustive and other types of organisation may also apply providing they are constituted and have a governing document):

o Voluntary and community organisations;
o Registered charities;
o Community Interest Companies;
o Friends of groups;
o Schools;
o Health bodies such as a Primary Care Trust, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Hospital;
o Parish, Town, or Community Councils;
o Local Authorities; and
o Social housing providers.
Funding is not available for:
o Organisations that make a profit;
o Individuals;
o Projects based on sites used for religious or political purposes;
o Projects on sites where a charge is made to access the project location (children’s farms, play areas on private land etc); or
o Projects which cannot be completed within 12 months of the grant being received.
There are no deadlines. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Applicants will need the postcode of the Tesco store that is nearest to their project in order to complete the eligibility quiz. Eligible applicants will then be given a link to the full application form.
Organisations must be constituted and have a governing document. The applications will be assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco short-listing groups.
The final projects will then go forward to the in-store vote.
For further details, visit the Groundwork website.
Contact details for Tesco Bags of Help are:
Tesco Programme Team
5 Scotland Street
Birmingham B1 2RR
Tel: 0121 237 5780

(Source: GRIN)

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