St Petrocs are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative.
To celebrate Tesco’s Centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver a special voting round of its community funding scheme which will see grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 awarded to community projects.
Three groups in each 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. St Petrocs is one of the groups on the shortlist bidding for funds for their work tackling homelessness in Cornwall through county-wide support for people experiencing homelessness including winter night shelters, help for people sleeping rough, and support into independent accommodation.
Dave Brown, Communications Manager at St Petrocs, said:
“We’re really proud to have been chosen as one of the charities this autumn and alongside two other great local organisations. It will help us enormously in our delivery of our night shelter project to provide emergency accommodation for those otherwise facing a cold hard night on the street this winter. This couldn’t be better timing for us as we head towards colder weather. We’re very grateful to Tesco and the continued support of their staff.”
Voting is open in all Tesco stores in October, November and December and 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 provided over £75 million to more than 25,000 projects across Britain. 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.
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, 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 area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
So far Bags of Help has awarded more than £75 million to over 25,000 community projects and we are delighted to be a part of this.
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.