• A Community Grant scheme.
• Open for applications all year round
• Grants of up to £4K available
• Funded by Tesco customers through the carrier bag charge.
Administered by Groundwork
• Three projects will be shortlisted to go forward to a public vote in
each of the Tesco regions every two months
• Every two months three projects in each region will be awarded a
grant based on the number of votes received: first place receives up
to £4000, second place up to £2000 and third place up to £1000.
• Grants are available to projects in England, Wales and Scotland
• Projects must offer a community benefit
What is Bags of Help?
The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the
direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:
• Purchasing items which will benefit local community
groups such as sports kit, specialised medical
equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter
pickers, camping equipment.
• Improvements to a building or outdoor space that
benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide
hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for
What kinds of projects will Bags of Help
• Developing an outdoor space or play area, allotment, park,
school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
• Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village
fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
• Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas
lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or
a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.
What kinds of projects will Bags of Help
Who can apply?
• Grants will be awarded to
voluntary or community
schools, health bodies
(e.g. Clinical Commissioning
Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital
Trust, Foundation Trust),
Parish/Town Councils and local
authorities, social housing
• This list is not exhaustive and
there will be many other types
of organisations that will be
• Download the application guidance
notes to help complete your
• Wide range of FAQs answered online
How do I apply?
Online application process –
• Detail and clarity
• Don’t exaggerate
• Be passionate and
• Use the Application
• Sell your project with
your project title and
one line project
description - this is
the information the
public will see if your
project goes to the
What makes a good application?
• Application sent to
Groundwork UK, if
successful it will enter the
• 2 month voting period
• 3-4 weeks after store vote
groups are informed how
much they will receive
and funds are given
• £4,000 – 25% given on
• 12 months to complete
• Short report
What happens next?
• Available to help support applicants.
• In Hertfordshire your local
Groundwork East Enabler is Sarah
For further help and advice please
Tel: 01707 255177 / 07736132825
Further Advice and Support -
Bags of Help Enablers
Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of
a One Stop shop. Grants, of up to £1000 will be available to support projects
that ‘benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places’.
Landfill communities fund
The LCF is a tax credit scheme that enables operators of landfill sites
to contribute money to enrolled Environmental Bodies (EBs) to
carry out projects that meet environmental objects contained in the
Landfill Tax Regulations. Groundwork East is such a body and can
submit/manage applications on behalf of groups for a 7.5% fee –
only payable if bid is successful. Or happy to give general advice.
The LCF is monitored and governed by a regulatory body Entrust.
Please visit the Entrust website for in depth guidance documents
and advice on finding funding: http://www.entrust.org.uk/
Projects that can be funded must involve capital & physical
improvements located within 10 miles of any active landfill
site (almost all of Hertfordshire) and fall into the objects
below. Funders now seem less interested in E
The provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park
or other general public amenity
The conservation of a specific species or a specific habitat
where it naturally occurs
The repair, maintenance or restoration of a Place of Worship
or a Place of Architectural Importance
Key eligibility criteria
The site must be classed as a public amenity – ie open to
the public at least 104 days per year. There can be charges
but they have to be reasonable, schools are eligible but
must provide a plan to cover this point
Third party contribution – you will be required to
provide 10% funding to the landfill operator to release
the landfill contribution
Relevant operators in Hertfordshire
Tarmac – St Albans area particularly, projects within 7 miles of
a Tarmac operation. Forms from Groundwork or the
Derbyshire Environmental Trust
Biffa – wont fund local authorities. Online application
process and geographical eligibility postcode checker. Visit:
Veolia - Online application process and geographical
eligibility postcode checker. Visit: