Stuart McMillan, the SNP candidate for Greenock and Inverclyde is encouraging local community groups to apply for funds from the Tesco Bags of Help fund which is open from 18 April.
Bags of Help is available to a wide range of community groups, local authorities and organisations across Scotland and who can apply for grants to improve local green spaces. Successful projects will go forward to a public vote in Tesco stores which will decide whether they receive a grant of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Projects that will get the green light as a result of funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, woodland walks and community gardens.
Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland, and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. It will fund projects that benefit communities by physically improving open and greenspaces that do not charge for access.
Stuart McMillan said:
“This is a great chance for local community groups to apply for funding to help improve their local area.
“It is anticipated that around 144 groups from Scotland will receive funding so it’s important to get your application in early.”
Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available online here http://bit.ly/bagsofhelp2. This funding round closes on Fri 3 June 2016.