Notts: Tesco urges community groups to bid for bag-charge grants towards environmental projects

Community groups can bid for grants from Tesco from funding raised by the new Government bag charge
Community groups can bid for grants from Tesco from funding raised by the new Government bag charge

Tesco is calling on Notts community groups to apply for bag charge-funded community grants worth between £8,000 and £12,000.

The supermarket giant has announced it will use the money raised from the Government’s five pence bag charge in England to pay for a large number of local environmental improvement projects in communities right across the UK. Applications for funding are open now at www.tesco.com/carrier-bags and customers will be able to vote in store and online later this year to choose which projects they most want to go ahead.

Tesco is working with environmental charity Groundwork UK to administer the scheme.

Applications will be whittled down to a shortlist of three projects.

Customers will then choose which of the three proposals they most want to be put into action.

Tesco aims to encourage projects that improve local environments and boost health in communities across England and could include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

“It’s incredibly important we do our bit to reduce our impact on the environment and we’re really proud of the work we’ve done in this area, particularly in reducing waste,” said Rebecca Shelley, Tesco group communications director.

“We want to do everything we can to help our customers minimise the impact of the charge as well as their impact on the environment, by helping them recycle and re-use their bags.

“We’re also going to work together with our customers to make sure the millions that will be raised from the bag charge goes towards making a real difference for our local communities.”

Tesco has set an ambitious target to be a zero-carbon business by 2050, and has led the industry in its work to reduce food waste.

Six projects will receive funding in each of 432 regions annually, which means that nearly a thousand different projects will receive funding from the bag charge after just one year.