To mark its 100th year, Tesco has launched Bags of Help Centenary Grants and is encouraging applications from not for profit organisations for a broad range of projects that will provide community benefit across a whole region, or a significant part of it.
Grants will be awarded to not for profit organisations including registered charities, community interest companies, health bodies, local authorities and social housing providers.
Three projects in each of the five Scottish regions will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout Scotland, during July and August 2019, then again later this year throughout November and December. The project that receives the most votes in the voting region will receive a grant of up to £25,000, with second place awarded up to £15,000 and third place up to £10,000.
The July to August 2019 voting period will feature projects with a health and wellbeing theme, with projects focussing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes prioritised.
Applications will be assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible, then Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.
The Centenary Grants are two special voting rounds of the Tesco Bags of Help local community grant scheme and offer a unique opportunity to help more people across Scotland. For the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, Scotland is divided into five special regions where customers can vote for their favourite project:
1. Highland and Islands/North East Scotland
2. Mid Scotland
3. West Scotland
4. Central Scotland
5. South Scotland
You can still apply at any time to the Tesco Bags of Help community grant fund. Up to £4000 is available to support a wide range of projects that benefit your local community.
Up to December 2018 in Scotland, the scheme has supported over 2800 community projects with more than £8.5 million awarded in grants. Every two months, 225 projects are awarded a share of over half a million pounds.