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FUNDRAISING – Supermarket grant schemes


Tesco Bags of Help


Many PTAs are exploring supermarket grant schemes as a way to raise funds, as they can represent more money for a lot less manpower...


with community spirit. Typically, you can apply in-store or online, and you’ll usually need to show evidence that you’re a not-for-profi t or charitable organisation. Some initial planning is required because you need to have a specifi c project in mind that fulfi ls the grant’s criteria.


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our local supermarket can be a great source of support for school fundraising projects, combining a grant application


sweep Supermarket


Grants from fi ve of Britain’s biggest supermarkets cover a considerable range of amounts, timescales and criteria, so we’ve boiled it down to the facts to make it easy for you to see which one suits you best. If you do apply but aren’t


successful, don’t be put off. Instead, review your application to see how it can be improved. Remember, application numbers can be high, so sometimes it’s just a numbers


What is it? Bags of Help is a token scheme that’s managed and implemented by community charity Groundwork UK and is funded by Tesco’s carrier bag charge. Amount: All projects in Tesco’s scheme win money, but the amount rewarded depends on the vote – fi rst place receives £4,000, second place £2,000 and third place £1,000. Length of time as a cause: Projects are changed every other month Deadline: Ongoing How it works: Eligible projects are reviewed, and the best three from each area are put forward for a public vote every other month, with customers able to use a token to vote for the cause they want to support. Criteria: Grants can be awarded to voluntary or community organisations, including registered charities and schools. Examples of projects funded include items such as sports kits and medical equipment and improvements to buildings that benefi t the local community. What else does it offer? Ask in store for your local Community Champion to see how they can support your PTA. ● For more information: groundwork.org. uk/tescocommunityscheme. At the time of going to press, Bags of Help had temporarily paused new applications due to a backlog. Sign up to the mailing list to be notifi ed when applications reopen.


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