Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Funding from Tescos for local groups

Dear Mr Jones, as you will be aware, large retailers must give the proceeds from the carrier bag charge to good causes.  

I wanted to update you on our exciting Bags of Help scheme which uses this money to fund local community projects across England, Scotland and Wales.  

The first round of our scheme, delivered with the support of environmental improvement charity Groundwork, has just completed and has been a great success.  

Millions of Tesco shoppers have voted to allocate over £11.7 million to 1,170 local projects, including new parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens. 

You can use the interactive map on our website ( to find out which projects have been successful in your local area and we would be delighted to put you in touch with any of the community groups.

I also wanted to make you aware that the second round of the scheme has just launched.  As well as local community groups and charities applying directly, projects can also be nominated by people living locally. Applications will be whittled down to three good causes in 442 Tesco areas. Customers can then vote for their favourite local project with the amount of funding available ranging from £8,000 to £12,000. The deadline for applications is 3 June and it would be fantastic if you can promote the opportunity in your constituency. More information on the scheme is available at and you may also want to help spread the word via Twitter by sharing this message.

If you would like to know more about the scheme, or receive further information on good causes that have benefitted from funding in your area, please contact

Yours sincerely,
William Blomefield

William Blomefield
Head of UK Government Relations
Group Communications
Tesco PLC, Shire Park, Kestrel Way, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA