Groundwork will run a new local community grants scheme funded by the proceeds of carrier bag charges at Tesco stores. Grants from £8,000 to £12,000 are available for local environmental improvement projects in the UK.
From 5 October 2015 new government rules come into force meaning that customers at all large shops in the UK will be charged 5p for each single-use carrier bag.
Groundwork explains: “The bag charge in Scotland and Wales has so far help raise over £5 million for the RSPB, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Keep Wales Tidy. The bag charge in England is also expected to raise millions, and it is expected to be the biggest ever single source of funding for community-projects generated by Tesco customers.”
Rebecca Shelley, Group Communications Director for Tesco said: “The money raised from the 5p bag charge will be used to pay for a large number of local environmental improvement projects in communities right across the UK. The kinds of projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.
“Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in store and online for the projects they most want to go ahead in their own local areas. Six projects will receive funding in each of 432 regions annually, which means that around 2,500 different projects will receive funding from the bag charge after just one year. The amount of funding available for individual local projects will range from £8,000 to £12,000.
“Tesco is calling on local community groups and charities to apply for the funding. Nominations will be whittled down to three good causes that customers can choose from to vote for in each area. Administration of the local funding will be handled by environmental improvement charity Groundwork, which specialises in supporting communities to transform local green spaces for the better.”
For further information contact: Garry Campbell, Communications Manager, Groundwork UK on 0121 2375811.