Groups urged to apply to Tesco fund

Tesco is urging local community groups and good causes across the Berwick area to get their applications in to bag a share of its £13 million carrier bag charge fund.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 18 May, 2016, 10:06
Councillors Karin Graham and Paul Hodgson test out the equipment at Grove Garden South playground (Prior Park)

The supermarket has once again teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

In the last round of funding, £12,000 was awarded to Berwick Town Council to upgrade the play park at Grove Gardens South in Tweedmouth.

Applications for the next round of the funding are open until June 3.

Caroline Silke, Head of Charity and Local Community at Tesco, said: “With more than 4,500 groups applying and almost 1200 receiving a grant, the last round of Bags of Help was a great success.

“The deadline for applications for the second round of applications is fast approaching. This is a fantastic opportunity for community groups to bag a grant of up to £12,000 and I would urge groups to visit our website or call the dedicated helpline now to avoid missing out.”

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As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated all year round by people living locally.

All interested charities and community groups have to do is apply online at or call the helpline on 0121 237 5780.

Once all the bids are in and have been shortlisted to a final three, Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in stores for which of the three finalists – and their respective environmental improvement projects – they’d like to see win the cash.

Customers will be able to vote for their favourite project from early September.