Bags of Help is Tesco’s local grant scheme, where the money raised from the government’s 5p bag levy is being used to fund a large number of local projects to create or improve outdoor spaces in communities right across England, Scotland and Wales.
These range from new parks and sports facilities, to school playgrounds and community gardens.
“Over the last year, the money raised from our customers buying single-use carrier bags has resulted in £24m being awarded to over 2,400 local community projects – all chosen by our customers.”
The supermarket has now announced plans to invite customers to vote for their favourite community projects every month.
Previously the awards programme ran every nine months, but from 1 December Tesco customers will decide on a monthly basis which groups get grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 in regions up and down the country.
It’s expected the new monthly format will see more than 7,000 projects receive vital funding every year. Funding will continue to be awarded to groups seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their local community.
Matt Davies, UK CEO from Tesco, said: “Over the last year, the money raised from our customers buying single-use carrier bags has resulted in £24m being awarded to over 2,400 local community projects – all chosen by our customers.
“I’ve seen first-hand the diversity of brilliant projects, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in-between.
“In order for even more local projects to benefit from this money, customers will now be invited to vote for their favourite community projects every time they shop with us.”
Voting for the first month’s groups will run in Tesco stores across the UK throughout December. Customers will be able to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.