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Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grant scheme expanding

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Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme is expanding

 

Groundwork write;

Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme is changing! We are expanding to fund a wider range of projects – and you can now apply for a grant all year round.

APPLY FOR UP TO £5,000 FOR YOUR LOCAL GREEN SPACE

Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme is changing! We are expanding to fund a wider range of projects – and you can now apply for a grant all year round.

In order to give Tesco customers a regular say on where their money goes, the Bags of Help scheme will now be open all year round for applications from community organisations, with grants awarded on a monthly basis.

In addition, the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores will now be opened up to a greater range of projects.

As always, the grants will support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that could now get the green light for funding will include: volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events,
and sports and leisure activities.

Following each public vote, three projects in each Tesco region will receive a grant award, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.

Bags of Help is available to a wide range of community groups and organisations across England, Wales and Scotland and they can apply for grants to improve local green spaces. The scheme will fund physical improvement projects that will benefit the local community.

The new application and guidance notes, as well as further information can be found here.

If you require further support with your application or have any questions about the new scheme – don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex Forrester  or drop Groundwork an email.


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Esmée Fairbairn fund now open for applications

Upload your ideas to Spacehive.com

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new funding pot of £200,000 to support crowdfunding projects in Hull, Manchester and the London Borough of Lewisham.  The fund went live on the 28th of September and people and organisations who are interested in crowdfunding projects that bring the community together using the arts, culture, food or green spaces can apply for pledges to their campaign on Spacehive.com. Individual project creators could receive a pledge of up to £2,500 whilst organisations could receive up to £15,000 for projects that fit the criteria.

Through crowdfunding Esmée aims to get its money to projects which have genuine community support and demand alongside individuals, the council and local businesses. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. Their aims are to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK by funding organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. This is a brand new way of funding projects for Esmée and they’re excited to explore and learn from the opportunities crowdfunding offers.

“Crowdfunding is an amazing way for people to decide what happens in their environment and democratise the way community projects are run” says Caroline Mason, CEO of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The aim of the initiative is to fuel a more efficient, impactful, and accessible approach to grant funding local projects across the UK.

If you have a great idea to transform where you live, then upload your idea on Spacehive.com, start crowdfunding and you could receive a pledge from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Find out more about the fund and how to apply here.

 

 


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Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme – NOW OPEN!

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Applications now open

The second round of funding for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme is now open

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. The scheme is open to community groups across England, Wales and Scotland to apply for grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 to improve local green space. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, wildlife areas, seafront improvements and community gardens.

Tesco customers will be able to cast their vote on which shortlisted project in their area they would like to see receive the top grant from 1 October 2016.

Find out more about the application process here.

The first round of Bags of Help funding is already set to award £11.5m to over 1,000 groups.

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Community project toolkit

Groundwork has also launched a new Community Project Toolkit; containing hints and tips for communities looking to develop local green space projects.  

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Up to £12,000 for your local green space

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A message from Groundwork;

Groundwork are keen to remind community groups and organisations that the second funding round for the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme opens on Monday 18 April 2016. 

Following an incredible first round, where over 1,100 projects were funded and 8,000,000 votes were cast in Tesco stores across the UK, the scheme aims to fund further projects that benefit local communities.

The scheme is administered by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy.

Bags of Help is available to a wide range of community groups and organisations across England, Wales and Scotland and they can apply for grants to improve local green spaces that do not charge for access. Successful projects will go forward to a public vote in Tesco stores which will decide whether they receive a grant  of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000.

Projects that will get the green light as a result of funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, woodland walks and community gardens, with the anticipation that grants will be awarded to successful groups around November 2016.

Please visit the website for further information

 


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Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme – NOW OPEN!

Groundwork

Applications open in April 2016

The second round of funding for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme is now open

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. The scheme is open to community groups across England, Wales and Scotland to apply for grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 to improve local green space. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, wildlife areas, seafront improvements and community gardens.

Tesco customers will be able to cast their vote on which shortlisted project in their area they would like to see receive the top grant from 1 October 2016.

Find out more about the application process here.

The first round of Bags of Help funding is already set to award £11.5m to over 1,000 groups.

Read more
Community project toolkit

Groundwork has also launched a new Community Project Toolkit; containing hints and tips for communities looking to develop local green space projects.  

Read more


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Come to support Ladywell Fields’ funding bid on Wednesday 29 January

Robert Sheppard writes…

IONA CLOSE ORCHARD is a wonderful pocket of undisturbed wildlife in the heart of Catford (behind Bournville Road) – but it will deteriorate quickly if not carefully looked-after.  It remains quite overgrown, but retains some fine old fruit trees. In common with most old orchards, the site is of high nature conservation value.

A diverse group of local people of all ages has already been involved in efforts to restore this ancient orchard – and the London Orchard Project has helped plant some new fruit trees.  There is a lot of enthusiasm about keeping this project going and safeguarding the site and its conservation value.

A volunteering session in 2013

A volunteering session in 2013

But to encourage these voluntary efforts, some more, quite modest, funding is needed. We’re asking for £1,500 and with this we will run four volunteer sessions in 2014 and will: complete some essential tree works to make the site safe and improve wildlife habitat; buy a secure tool store and a few key tools for volunteering sessions; and buy some saplings and more fruit trees to plant.

At least 50 local people will, we expect, be directly involved in one or more of these four volunteering sessions. However the beneficiaries in the longer term will be a much wider group than this.

For example, when the site is clear of rubbish and safe, probably as soon as September 2014, it can be made available as an ‘outdoor classroom’ for local schools.

PLEASE SUPPORT LOCAL PEOPLE TAKING THE INITIATIVE!


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Growing Localities Awards 2013/14

A total of £2,500 prize money is being offered to projects which use nature to enhance and improve local communities and the lives of vulnerable or socially excluded people, generating positive outcomes such as health and well-being, new skills and knowledge, new relationships, and a sense of purpose and belonging.

This year, entries are invited for projects and initiatives in London that involve any one or combination of:

  • GARDENING AND GROWING FOOD – for communal eating and small-scale enterprise
  • LOOKING AFTER ANIMALS – bees, chickens, pigs, etc for the experience of care but also to farm
  • NATURE-THEMED ARTS AND CRAFTS – woodcraft, photography, film-making, writing, etc
  • EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ABOUT NATURE AND WILDLIFE – including trips and excursions to teach people about flora and fauna
  • RECLAIMING AND DEVELOPING WASTELAND – projects initiated and led by residents and tenants
  • ‘GREEN’ EXERCISE – groups  for walking, cycling, running, etc with a nature theme 

Entries are invited from not-for-profit organisations in the capital such as:

  • Community-based and voluntary organisations
  • Faith groups
  • Health organisations
  • Homeless agencies
  • Hospices
  • Prisons
  • Resident committees
  • Schools
  • Social housing providers
  • Social care providers
  • Supported housing providers (providing mental health services, substance misuse, learning disabilities, etc)   
  • Deadline for entries – Friday, January 24th, 2014

For more information on the awards and to enter click: here