Tesco Bags of Help

Ever wondered where your 5p goes when you’re caught short without a bag for life? The answer may be of interest to you if you’re involved in an outdoor community project.

When the Government introduced the 5p charge for plastic bags in 2015, it said that retailers should pass on the money to charities and non-profits and that’s exactly what Tesco (along with Groundwork) have been doing with their ‘Bags of Help’ grant.

The grant funds thousands of community projects across the UK- the projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces. A criteria which many of your projects may meet!

Small, local projects can get funding from £1000-£5000. The fund is open to schools, NHS projects, local authorities, local charities and residents groups, libraries, children centres and much more.


Examples of projects that have been funded include:

  • Developing nature trail in a local park or nature reserve
  • Purchasing bee hives and seeding wildflower meadow on a community allotment
  • Developing a garden in a hospice, purchasing plants, benches and pergola
  • Supporting an artist in residence to work with the community to develop an art trail.
  • Setting up a growing project for sheltered accommodation residents
  • Supporting a gardening project which helps local isolated residents form a gardening club
  • Supporting practical training for young people learning horticultural skills
  • Funding a series of summer events in a local park


Whether your project is already well blossomed or a still a seedling of an idea, find out more about the grant here and take the eligibility quiz here to see if your project idea may be successful. It would be great if some local projects received some funding!