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Tesco Bags of Help scheme generates almost £100,000 of funding in Lanark and Carluke

Jill McQuigg is Tesco Lanark’s community champion

Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme has supported 32 local projects in Lanark and Carluke with nearly £100,000 of funding given directly to community groups.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop using the blue token given to them at checkouts. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding of between £1,000 and £4,000 on offer.

The scheme is funded by the sales of carrier bags in Tesco stores.

Since launching in 2015, Tesco’s Bags of Help community programme has provided over 10,000 local community groups with over £43million of funding and is celebrating this achievement in stores this weekend.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications for Scotland, said: “It’s amazing to think Bags of Help has played a part in helping groups bring 10,000 community projects to life. The projects are making a big difference and the dedication of the groups we’ve supported is really inspirational. We’re looking forward to giving a Bags of Help boost to even more projects in the future.”

Grants are 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. You can find out more by clicking here.