Bags of community support from Tesco

Tesco has announced an additional £2million for its COVID-19 Community Fund.

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Oban community groups could benefit from a £500 grant thanks to supermarket giant Tesco.

The company has pledged an additional £2million for its COVID-19 Community Fund to help local areas tackle the Coronavirus outbreak.

This brings the total to £4million of extra funding that has been made available to local groups through the supermarket’s Bags of Help scheme.

Tony McElroy, head of communications for Tesco in Scotland, said: ‘Due to the sustained need for the emergency support we’re seeing from local community groups, we took the decision to extend the scheme’s deadline beyond the original 12-week mark.

‘We’re already working with all kinds of groups up the length and breadth of the country, all of whom are in urgent need of a cash boost in order to go on providing local people with vital services, but we’ve widened this even further.

‘Whether you are from a homeless charity, a foodbank, or a support network for vulnerable individuals, you could qualify for some immediate financial support.’

Tesco’s Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund aims to support as many groups as possible across the country with grants of £500. This includes, but is not limited to, women’s refuges, foodbanks, hospices, homeless charities, social isolation groups, schools, charities supporting the elderly and local authorities. The application and payment process is simple to provide support quickly to these important causes.

The process is managed through Tesco’s partner charity Greenspace Scotland’s website. Any groups that would benefit from this funding are encouraged to apply at www.tescobagsofhelp.org.uk