Applications open to bag a share of up to £12,000 for community projects

Local community groups can now apply for a share of Tesco’s £12 million carrier bag charge fund for their environmental or greenspace project.

The supermarket, which is due to open in Stirchley teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Steve is urging community groups in his constituency to get their applications in for the next round of funding – which will run from 18 April to 3 June.

As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated all year around by people living locally.

Once all the bids are in and have been shortlisted to a final three in each region, Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in stores for which of the three finalists – and their respective environmental improvement projects they’d like to see win the prize money. The finalists will receive grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000. Customers will be able to vote for their favourite project from early October.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“This is a great initiative and I know that there are many fantastic local projects in my constituency which is why I am encouraging community groups and charities across Selly Oak to apply for a share of Tesco’s carrier bag charge fund.”

All interested charities and community groups have to do is apply online at http://www.groundwork.org.uk/tescocommunityschemeor call the helpline on 0121 237 5780.

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