Heidi Allen MP encourages community groups to apply for Tesco Bags of Help funding

In need of funding for your community or voluntary group to support the development and use of open spaces? If the answer is "yes", Tesco's Bags of Help scheme may be able to help.

Heidi has welcomed news that the Tesco scheme is open for grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000. The Bags of Help scheme is a community grant scheme where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund projects in communities. Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.

A wide range of voluntary or community organisations can apply including registered charities, schools, Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), social housing providers, conservation organisations, and sports clubs.

As well as physical improvement of open spaces, such as building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens – projects that will now get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, equipment purchases, community events as well as sports, leisure and outdoor activities.

Commenting on the scheme, Heidi said: "The bag charge has reduced our use of plastic bags and is generating funds for worthwhile projects. If you are involved in a community or voluntary group, why not make an application for funding and make a difference here in South Cambridgeshire?"

Further details of the scheme are available here: www.groundwork.org.uk/tesco