Supermarket encourages Salisbury charities to apply for grants

Supermarket encourages Salisbury charities to apply for grants

Published by Mike Draper at 4:01am 19th January 2020.

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Community groups in the city can access thousands of pounds through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

  • Applications are now officially open for 2020 so you can nominate groups and charities benefiting local communities
  • Three groups will be awarded grant amounts of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 every three months
  • The scheme sees money raised from the sale of reusable Bags for Life in Tesco stores used to fund local projects

It's customers of the supermarket giant that decide where the money goes. Shoppers cast their votes for shortlisted charities using blue tokens handed out in stores.

Checkout man handing out a Tesco Bags of Help blue token.
VOTING TOKEN: It's shoppers that decide where the Tesco grants go.

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, apply and get involved in this fantastic scheme."

"Bags of Help has provided more than £80million of funding to more than 27,000 community projects to date, and there is so much more we want to help groups to achieve."

Facing the Tesco Metro Castle Street entrance in Salisbury.
The Tesco Metro on Castle Street in Salisbury.

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A number of local organisations have recently benefited from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. They include the Tidworth NSPCC Centre, and the Salisbury charity Alabare.

A child casting a vote in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.
A child uses a blue token to cast a vote in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

The scheme runs in partnership with community charity Groundwork.

Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork UK, 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."

Find out more about Tesco Bags Of Help here.

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