Tesco invites charities in Belfast to apply for new Community Grant

Tesco is encouraging charities and community groups in Belfast to apply for funding for local projects that matter to them.

The newly-rebranded Tesco Community Grants scheme will award grants to charities and community organisations whose focus is on helping children and families access the food and support they need for a good start in life. Eligible projects will include breakfast or holiday lunch clubs, food banks, youth clubs or schools.

From July, three community groups in Belfast will be selected to receive votes from the public to decide which project receives the most funding.

A total of £2million in the next three months in funding pots of £500, £1000, and £1500 will be available for the shortlisted projects, and Tesco customers will be able to choose which one receives the most funding by voting in store every time they shop.

Originally launched in 2016 as Bags of Help, the scheme has supported over 36,000 community groups with more than £86million in grants since 2016, including 2,000 sports teams and 1,400 groups supporting vulnerable older people.

In 2020 alone, more than 10,000 groups were awarded grants of over £7.9m by Tesco throughout the UK.

iAssist NI, Belfast, is a befriending service that was created to tackle isolation and loneliness within society and to promote positive community relationships. They received a £1000 grant which provided a vital lifeline to the organisation who rely on community volunteers to provide their life-enhancing services to the elderly, those suffering from mental health issues, those with long term illness, carers, and those without family nearby.

Keith Jackson, Tesco Community Grant Manager at Tesco, said:

“Over the years, we’ve been delighted to have been able to support so many charities, community groups and organisations from every corner of the UK. The help and support they provide to families and children is now more important than ever.

“We’re encouraging groups in Belfast to apply for funding as we hope to see the fantastic community work they provide to continue long into the future”

Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s UK Chief Executive, said: “The last year has been extremely difficult for everyone, and that includes community groups and charities who will have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Many groups have seen a surge in demand for their services while volunteer numbers decrease, which has caused mounting pressure.

“We’re delighted to be working with Tesco to provide these much-needed funds, which will help to support local communities as we recover from the pandemic.”

The Tesco Community Grants will support thousands of local community projects and good causes across the UK. The scheme is open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, so if you are an eligible organisation then apply for a grant now. If you are a Tesco customer or colleague, you can nominate a cause that you’d like to see supported.

To apply for a Tesco Community Grant, visit https://tescocommunitygrants.org.uk/

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