Tesco’s Bags of Help programme supports over 322 local projects in Devon

Since launching in 2015, Tesco’s Bags of Help community programme has provided over 10,000 local community groups with over £43million of funding. In Devon this includes £1,184,864 of funding given directly to community groups.

Bags of Help is one of the many ways that Tesco plays its part in the communities they serve. By inviting customers to vote for the funding groups receive, Tesco put the power back with local people who know their area best, to decide where they would like the money to be spent. The scheme is funded by the sales of carrier bags in Tesco stores.

In Devon, one of the fantastic projects funded was the North Devon Hospice who received £12,000 to pay for repair and resurface work to their garden pathway for families and patients to enjoy the beautiful and tranquil hospice garden. In Plymouth,

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop using the blue token given to them at checkouts. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding of £1,000 - £4,000.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “It’s amazing to think Bags of Help has played a part in helping groups bring 10,000 community projects to life. The projects are making a big difference and the dedication of the groups we’ve supported is really inspirational. We’re looking forward to giving a Bags of Help boost to even more projects in the future.”

Tesco works with environmental charity Groundwork to run Bags of Help. Groundwork’s national CEO, Graham Duxbury, said:
 “We are delighted that Bags of Help has reached the impressive milestone of funding 10,000 projects that have helped communities up and down Great Britain.

“Since the initiative started we have seen some amazing projects come to fruition and it’s great to know the impressive scale that the programme has on reaching communities that need extra funds to make where they live a better place to be.

“It’s exciting to know that this positive impact can continue and we look forward to seeing even more local communities apply for grants and creating innovative projects that help local people and places.”

Tesco are celebrating reaching 10,000 projects in stores this weekend – so do come and find out more from our colleagues.

Grants are available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.