Bags of Help funding

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Community groups, local authorities and organisations across Scotland will be able to apply for the second round of funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

The second round opens on April 18, and groups can apply for grants to improve local green spaces.

Successful projects will go forward to a public vote in Tesco stores which will decide whether they receive a grant of £8000, £10,000 or £12,000.

Projects that will get the green light as a result of funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, woodland walks and community gardens.

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace Scotland and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags.

It will fund projects that benefit communities by physically improving open and greenspaces that do not charge for access. Groundwork anticipate grants being awarded to 144 successful groups across Scotland in November 2016.

Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available on the Bags of Help website. The funding round closes on Friday, June 3.