Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.
Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £60 million to over 18,000 local community projects.
Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed The Fraser Centre Community Trust has been awarded £2,000.
Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.
The Trust is aiming to rebuild a derelict former picture house into a vibrant community hub for learning, development, arts & entertainment in the heart of Tranent.
David Orr Project & Development Manager for the Trust said: “We are delighted to have been awarded £2,000 and would like to thank everyone who voted for us. The award will go towards essential equipment for our community café within our new building.
We would also like to thank the Tesco Bags of Help programme for their generous support in helping us to provide a new community hub in the town.”
Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:
“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”
Voting ran in stores throughout July and August with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.
Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.
Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, said:
“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their local area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
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.
Issued by The Fraser Centre Community Trust.
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Project & Development Manager
The Fraser Centre Community Trust
NOTES TO EDITORS:
• Bags of Help is supported by money from the sale of carrier bags in Tesco.
• So far Bags of Help has awarded more than £60 million to over 18,000 local community projects.
• For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.
• The Fraser Centre Community Trust is a registered charity: SC043597
• For updates on our capital project visit: www.friendsofthefrasercentre.com
• For updates on our events please visit: www.thefrasercentre.com