Big Lottery and Groundworks 1-2-1 Funding Advice Sessions in July

Author's position
Advice Worker
Article date
28 June 2017
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Following on from the recent Funding Fair, RVA is hosting further 1-2-1 appointments with the Big Lottery and Groundworks (Tescos Bags of Help) for Reading based voluntary and community groups.

Big Lottery:

You will have the opportunity to canvas your idea for funding, whether it is for an existing service or an idea about a new service or activities. This will help the funder to establish what the need is in this area, which will feed back into their processes for future funding opportunities. Please note that the Big Lottery Funding & Relationship Manager cannot help you fill in the application form, but will give you general guidance and tips.

BOOK ONLINE HERE – Big Lottery 1-2-1 Sessions – 4 July

Groundworks (Tescos Bags of Help):

What is Bags of Help?

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

Three community projects in Reading will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, who are given a token when they buy their shopping that they can use to make their choice using the voting units in most stores. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

Projects change every other month with 18 projects per year receiving funding in Reading. Applications are rolling so projects can apply at any time and may reapply as often as they like.

The application process is simple

1) Complete the online Eligibility Quiz.

2) If you are eligible you can then fill out the 2 page application form.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities, social housing providers and other organisations that benefit the community.

Individuals and Profit-making organisations are ineligible for funding.

What types of projects will Bags of Help fund?

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 that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
  • Developing an outdoor space 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.

Your project can be a stand-alone project or discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project. You will need to complete your project within twelve months of receipt of the grant.

Want to find out more – Book a Session?

Book a 1-2-1 session with Alex from Groudnworks through the link below. Sessions will be 20 minutes and Alex can help you complete the Eligibility Quiz and the application, including support after the session if required

BOOK ONLINE HERE – Bags of Help 1-2-1 Sessions – 4 July 2017

BOOK ONLINE HERE – Bags of Help 1-2-1 Sessions – 19 July 2017

Further booking guidance:

Please note that both events are free events. Please book your slot in advance through the above links. Due to popularity, spaces are limited to 1 appointment per organisation – your organisation must be based in Reading to qualify for an appointment. If you are unable to attend, please cancel as soon as possible to enable someone else to have your space.

If you have any questions about booking, please contact Herjeet at RVA on 0118 9372104 or email