Published: 19/04/2017 06:00 - Updated: 15/04/2017 13:00

Tesco offers 'bags of help' to Ross-shire communities in Tain and Dingwall

Community projects can bid for a share of cash raised by the 5p plastic bag levy
Community projects can bid for a share of cash raised by the 5p plastic bag levy

COMMUNITY projects in Dingwall and Tain are being invited to bid for cash backing from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket chain has teamed up with environmental agency, Groundwork, to launch the monthly roll-out of its funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4000 – all raised from the 5p plastic bag levy – being awarded to local community projects throughout Scotland.

Also involved is Greenspace Scotland, with the Bags of Help project having already delivered more than £28.5 million to about 4000 UK projects.

Three groups in each local area are awarded grants every other month with Tesco customers voting with a token, given to them at the check-out every time they shop.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s head of communications in Scotland, said: “The money raised from our customers buying bags is making a big difference to local communities across the country.

“Thanks to Bags of Help, millions has been invested so far on local projects like parks, sports facilities, school playgrounds and community gardens – projects which have all been chosen by our customers.”

Emma Halliday, community enabler at Greenspace Scotland, said: “It’s great to see the positive difference that Bags of Help is making to communities across the UK and we are delighted to be involved in supporting thousands of local people make their mark in their community.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

For more information visit /bagsofhelp/

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