The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis is one of the groups on the shortlist and are raising funds for path improvements within the Glasgow Necropolis.
Voting is open in stores throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £27 million to more than 3,500 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, said:
“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
Funding is 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
NOTES TO EDITORS:
· The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags in Tesco stores.
· So far Bags of Help has awarded over £27 million to more than 3,500 local community projects.
· For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
List of stores taking part:
GLASGOW ST ROLLOX EXT G21 1YL
GLASGOW KNGTSWD METRO G14 0YU
GLASGOW HOPE ST EXP G2 6LL
GLASGOW OlD DUMBTN RD G3 8RB
ARGYLE ST GLASGOW EXP G2 8LY
COCHRANE SQ GLASG EXP G1 1EJ
SAUCHIHALL ST GLA EXP G2 3LW
GLASGOW YORK HILL EXP G3 8ND
GLASGOW DUMBARTON EXP G11 6QQ
GLASGOW TRONGATE EXP G1 5HF
WESTBURN EXP G14 9UY
BYRES ROAD METRO G12 8AW
NAPIERHIL GLASGOW EXP G20 7YA
GLASGOW QUEEN EXP G20 8NX
GLASGOW ST ENOCHS METRO G1 4BW
GLASGOW NORTH ST EXP G3 7DA
GLASGOW MARYHIL EXTRA G20 9SH
GLASGOW MERCHANT EXP G1 5AA
GLASGOW RENFLD ST EXP G2 5AH
GLASGOW SAUCHL METRO G2 3HQ
GLASGOW GT WESTRN EXP G4 9HS