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TESCO Local Community Grant Scheme – deadline extended until 11 December

We will award six grants per year in each of the 428 Tesco regions to make sure the funding is spread evenly across England, Wales and Scotland*. In total the community grant scheme will support around 2,500 projects each year.

Because we’re expecting there to be a major demand for grants, Groundwork will assess all of the applications received and then provide a shortlist of the applications received for a Tesco regional panel to agree three successful projects to forward to a vote in Tesco stores.

Tesco customers will vote over two weekends in their store for their favourite shortlisted local project.  Grants will then be awarded as follows:

  • 1st place in Tesco customer vote:  £12,000 grant
  • 2nd place in Tesco customer vote: £10,000 grant
  • 3rd place in Tesco customer vote:  £8,000 grant

What the grants can fund

It will fund capital projects that provide community benefit and have free and open access to all members of the community for a minimum of six days a week, during daylight hours.

The grants programme will be open to organisations such as: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations.  Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.

Projects that would typically receive funding include:

  • Parks, pocket parks and urban green spaces
  • Green corridors – river and canals, cycle ways
  • Formal and informal play areas
  • Open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds – eg football pitches, tennis courts and cricket pitches
  • Informal outdoor recreation facilities; eg gym equipment, trim trails and woodland walks
  • Nature reserves, community woodland, ponds and village greens
  • Churchyards
  • Seafront improvements
  • Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms

There’s no match funding requirement to access this grant, but the grant should be the majority of the funding required for your project, which could be a stand-alone project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger project or part of a phased project and will need to be delivered within six months of receipt of the grant.  Landowner’s permission is essential and you might also need planning permission.

Changes to the Fund including the extended deadline:

Open access – Projects will still need to benefit the community and be free to access (ie not subject to an entry fee). However, this may now include project sites that do have access restrictions such as:

  • projects on school grounds
  • community spaces which are for the specific use of housing estate residents or community centres, including gated areas
  • spaces in the grounds of ‘closed community venues’ such as hospices and day centres
  • allotments (although works to individual plots cannot be funded).

Landowner permission – Applicants will still need to demonstrate that they have (or can get) the permission of the landowner to undertake their project and that the project can be looked after in future in order to receive funds but we don’t need to have a signed form at this stage.

Project completion – Instead of the project having to be delivered within six months of funding being received, this has now been extended to 12 months.

If you think your project may now be eligible please click here and fill in our simple expression of interest form by noon on Friday 11 December.  We will then get back to you to tell you what other information we need to assess your application.

If you need any help or advice please call our hotline  0121 237 5780 or email us at

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