Green grants of up to £12,000 on offer thanks to carrier bag charge

Helen Harber, manager of Tesco at Simonside, South Shields, and Rebecca Maw, of Groundwork South Tyneside.
Helen Harber, manager of Tesco at Simonside, South Shields, and Rebecca Maw, of Groundwork South Tyneside.

Community groups in South Tyneside are being given extra time to bid for cash to pay for environmental improvement projects.

Communities charity Groundwork and supermarket giant Tesco have set up the fund, which is paid for from the new 5p carrier bag charge.

Organisations now have until Friday to seek money from the partnership initiative.

The eligibility criteria has been also been expanded to include projects on school grounds, housing estate community spaces or residential areas, including spaces in the grounds of hospices and day centres and allotments.

Voluntary and community groups, registered charities, health bodies, parish and town councils, social enterprises, community interest companies, community councils, local authorities and housing groups, can also apply.

The partners want customers to nominate and vote for the schemes they like best, with six benefiting from between £8,000 and £12,000 each.

Sarah French, business director of Groundwork STAN, said: “We know that local people are passionate about the parks and open spaces in their neighbourhoods and that they know how best to improve the places they live.

“We’re delighted to be extending the deadline for applications to ensure as many communities as possible are able to take advantage of this funding and ensure it makes a big difference in the places that matter to them.”

Caroline Silke, head of charity and local community at Tesco, said: “We’ve already had lots of great applications from across the UK, and based on feedback we have decided to extend the deadline for applications so even more community groups can apply.

“We’ve also listened to feedback from local communities who have asked us to extend the eligibility criteria so that even more community groups have the opportunity to apply for a grant.”

Further information and application forms are online at www.groundwork.org.uk/tescocommunityscheme or by calling the helpline on 0121 237 5780.