Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants – Rolling applications until end of December 2020

Article date
2 October 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year.  The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.  During October, November and December 2020 the grant scheme will provide grants of £1,000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.

Who can apply?

Voluntary or community organisations, including registered charities. 

What are the funding priorities and example projects?

At the end of September they will be providing grants of £1,000 to support local projects focused on children and young people. This theme could cover a large mixture of local causes.  Examples include:

  • Mental Health support for children and young people – COVID-19 has had an impact on the health and well being of children, particularly mental health.
  • Outdoor activities – sport & green space provision for children & young people including use of green spaces support well being through physical activities.
  • Non statutory educational activities – to support, widen and rebuild educational support networks for children, web based activities. Sport, exercise, and arts.
  • Young carers – support for young carers as a result of current and continued isolation.
  • Bereavement counselling – offering support to children that have lost family members and support networks due to COVID-19
  • Child poverty – to support organisations that offer family support that are further impacted by COVID-19, which could include food/educational packs, free activities.
  • Vulnerable at risk children – the pandemic has impacted vulnerable children with challenging home & family circumstances.
What can the grant be used for?
  • Bags of Help can fund 100% of the project costs so matched funding does not have to be found. However, if you secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded by Bags of Help can form part of your wider project costs.
  • 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.
  • They will not cover running costs or overheads, or conferences or seminars. See the link below for more details on restrictions.

Is there a deadline?

Applications are rolling until the end of December 2020.

More information and how to apply:

  • For more information and to apply online visit this link
  • If you are a voluntary and community group in Reading and would like support with your governance to apply for this funding, please contact Herjeet at herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk