Tesco Bags of Help


Status:Open to applications


Maximum Value:£ 12,000
Minimum Value:£ 8,000


Funding will be available for capital improvements to local community greenspaces in England, Scotland and Wales.

Value Notes

Grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 are available.

Extended Description

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 a Government carrier bag levy which was introduced in England on 5 October 2015 and 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 will be available for capital improvements to local community greenspaces, such as parks, play areas and community gardens.

Over the next three years, starting in 2015, the funding will be awarded each year to six projects in each of the 428 regions across Britain where Tesco has stores. 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.

Latest Information

The next round is expected to open to applications on 18 April 2016 with a deadline in June 2016. Further details will be provided when the information becomes available.

Key Criteria

The following types of organsiations in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply.

  • Voluntary or community organisations, including registered charities/community interest companies/friends of groups with a constitution)
  • Schools.
  • Health body (Primary Care Trust, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Hospital).
  • Parish/Town/Community Councils.
  • Local Authorities.
  • Hospices.
  • Day care centres.
  • Housing Associations.

Organsiations must have a constitution.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for physical improvements to open spaces, for example:

  • Park or pocket parks.
  • Green corridors, such as a river or canal.
  • Churchyard improvements.
  • City farms.
  • Community garden improvements.
  • Cycleways.
  • Urban greenspaces.
  • Nature area/conservation area/wildlife area improvements.
  • Open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds (football pitches, tennis courts, cricket pitches, etc).
  • Ponds, lakes, streams.
  • Sea front improvements.
  • Village green improvements.
  • Woodlands (community) improvements.
  • Play sites/multi-use sports areas installations/improvements.
  • Trim trails, woodland walks, outdoor gym equipment.
  • Hospice grounds.
  • School grounds.
  • Day care centre grounds.
  • Outdoor community spaces on housing estates or residential areas.
  • Allotments.

The grant can be spent on direct project costs, such as:

  • Playground equipment.
  • Constructing pathways.
  • Plants and trees.
  • Fencing.
  • Building raised beds.
  • Seating.
  • Preliminary works.
  • Landscaping works.
  • Hire of machinery or tools.
  • Supervising volunteers.
  • Polytunnels.
  • Greenhouse.
  • Storage shed.

Up to 10% of the grant can be spent on indirect costs including:

  • Project evaluation.
  • Website set up.
  • Promotional activity.
  • Volunteer training.
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • Management.
  • Celebratory launch.
  • Marquee/room hire.
  • Photocopying/printing.
  • Insurance.
  • Filming equipment.
  • Telephone calls.
  • Postage.
  • Purchase of gardening tools to maintain a growing area.


Funding is not available for:

  • Organisations that make a profit.
  • Individuals.
  • Individual private plots on allotment sites.
  • Retrospective costs.

Application Procedure

Applicants must first complete an online Eligibility Quiz to be able to access 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.

Contact Groundwork for further information.

Address & Contacts

Contact details:
Enquiries Groundwork
5 Scotland Street
B1 2RR
Telephone:0121 236 8565