Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund – applications close 18 September 2020

Article date
2 April 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector
Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency, they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. Successful organisations will receive a single payment award of £500.
Who can apply?
  • Women’s refuges
  • Food banks
  • Hospices
  • Homeless charities
  • Charities supporting the elderly
  • Charities supporting children’s activities
  • Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations. 
  • Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible. 
  • Your group must be constituted and you will need to provide your governing document. They will only accept applications from non-profit making constituted groups or organisations. This is an organisation or group with a governing document (eg a constitution or Memorandum of Articles).
What are the funding priorities?
  • Where the need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.
  • Required new services– for example charities setting up a new home service for the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
  • Services / organisations with increased demand –  e.g, a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff members
Is there a deadline for applying?
Applications are open until Friday 18th September 2020. As this is an emergency response fund, they would expect that funding is spent within three months.
Further information
  • Apply online here
  • Guidance notes
  • FAQs
  • Contact: tescocv@groundwork.org.uk.
  • You will need to have specific governance in place such as a constitution, accounts, a safeguarding policy, and a well considered budget breakdown. If you require support with this, please contact Herjeet at herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk.