Not-for-profit organisations can apply now for a chance for their project to receive funding from this special one-off scheme.
Tesco created the Bags of Help Centenary Grants scheme to celebrate 100 years of doing business. The Centenary Grants are two special voting rounds of Tesco’s local community grant scheme and offer a unique opportunity to benefit more people.
To be eligible to apply, projects must provide a significant benefit to communities across their voting region. These regions are very large geographic areas and cover multiple counties, unitary authorities or boroughs. There are 23 regions in England, 3 regions in Wales, 5 regions in Scotland and 1 region for Northern Ireland. Community charity Groundwork is administering the scheme for England, Wales and Northern Ireland; greenspace scotland support projects in Scotland.
There will be two rounds of voting. This is a rolling grant so groups that apply for the first round will automatically be considered for the second:
- The July/August 2019 voting period is for projects with a health and wellbeing theme. Priority will be given to projects focussing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
- The November/December voting round will be open to all community groups supporting projects across their regions.
Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in the voting region will receive a grant of up to £25,000, second place receiving up to £15,000 and third place up to £10,000. (Northern Ireland has a different level of funding.)
The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project.
This could range from:
- Improvements to a building of regional or national significance that benefits the whole community such as a museum, hospice, specialist hospital ward, art gallery, heritage centre, wildlife centre or an ancient monument.
- Improvements to an outdoor space of regional or national significance such as walking/cycling routes, gardens, nature reserves, wildlife areas, waterways or woodlands.
- Delivering activities or charitable services across a whole region such as health and wellbeing support activities, foodbanks, community clubs, homelessness support, sporting activities, recycling/upcycling programmes, regional school focused programmes and community festivals or events.
- Providing equipment that will benefit the whole region such as medical equipment, minibuses, mobile libraries and safety equipment.
Projects can be a stand-alone project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project. They will need to be completed within 12 months of receiving the grant.
No deadlines have been set. This is a rolling grant so groups that apply for the first round will automatically be considered for the second round.