Tesco encourages charities and community groups across Manchester to raise funds for local projects that matter to them.

The newly renamed Tesco Community Grants program awards grants to charities and community organizations that focus on providing children and families with access to the food and support they need to have a good start in life. Eligible projects are breakfast or holiday lunch clubs, food banks, youth clubs or schools.

Starting in July, three community groups in the region will be selected to get votes from the public to decide which project will receive the most funding.

The selected projects have a total of £ 2m in funding pots of £ 500, £ 1000 and £ 1500 available over the next three months and Tesco customers can vote in-store to choose which project will receive the most funding each time they shop.

Originally launched as Bags of Aid in 2016, the program has supported over 36,000 community groups with grants of more than £ 86 million since 2016, including 2,000 sports teams and 1,400 groups supporting vulnerable elderly people.

In 2020 alone, more than 10,000 Tesco groups across the UK received over £ 7.9 million in grants.

Friends of Ightenhill Park, a Burnley-based community group, are one of the many recipients across the country to have secured a Tesco grant.

Ida Carmichael, Secretary of the Friends of Ightenhill Park, praised the extensive support they have received from Tesco, saying:

“The donations and funds we received from Tesco were extremely important to the group and without them we would not be where we are now.”

Keith Jackson, Tesco Community Grant Manager at Tesco said:

“Over the years we have been delighted to support so many charities, community groups and organizations from all over the UK. The help and support they offer families and children is more important than ever today.

“We encourage groups across Manchester to apply for funding as we hope the fantastic community work they do can continue into the future.”

To apply for a Tesco Community Grant, visit https://tescocommunitygrants.org.uk/

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