The Tesco Stronger Starts programme (formerly Community Grants) supports local good causes across the UK. Since it launched in 2016, the programme has supported more than 50,000 community groups with more than £100 million in grants. The scheme aims to make a positive difference to Tesco communities.
The grants programme is administered by the community charity Groundwork.
Although the current focus is on schools and organisations working with schools, not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are constituted and have a governing document.
There are no deadlines. This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time. Groups can also reapply at any time.
The application process is as follows. Groups should:
- Read the guidance notes and frequently asked question document before starting the application process.
- Find their local store. This can be done by entering their project’s postcode into the store locator on the Tesco website. This information is required for the application form.
- Complete the eligibility checker.
Eligible organisations can apply online for a grant, applications are assessed and shortlisted. Every three months successful shortlisted applications are put into a customer vote in Tesco stores across the UK.
The project that receives the most votes in its area will be awarded a grant of up to £1,500 second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500. Customers are given a blue token when they buy their shopping that they can use to make their choice using the voting units in most stores.
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