TNS’ Community Foundation is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative and we are one of the groups on the shortlist.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Foundation Manager Gill Jones said “We are really excited to have been shortlisted by Tesco. The aims of the Foundation are to create opportunities for as many people as possible to be active, regardless of their age or ability, and we rely on the support of various organisations and funders to make our activities possible and affordable. The grant award will go towards the costs of us providing FREE weekly school holiday activities for children and young people aged 4 to 14 years at Ellesmere Rangers FC’s football ground and facilities, and we are really hoping that all Ellesmere Tesco shoppers will use their voting tokens to support us.”
Voting is open in the Ellesmere store (SY12 OEJ) throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. When votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.