News! New Funding for Community Green Spaces

Communities across England, Wales and Scotland are able to apply for up to £12,000 for local green space projects thanks to a new grant scheme being launched with the proceeds generated from the sale of carrier bags by Tesco. It is anticipated that there will be two funding rounds per year over the next three years. The first funding round opens on 19 October 2015 and will close 30 November 2015. The scheme is open to community groups, charities and some public sector organisations and will fund capital improvements projects such as parks, play areas, community gardens and other green spaces.

To apply you’ll need to make your application online – so be sure to check the Tesco website ( after 19 October for details on how to do so.

Because we’re expecting there to be a major demand for grants, groundwork will first assess all of the applications received and then provide a shortlist of the applications received for a Tesco regional panel to agree three successful projects to go forward to a public vote. Local Tesco customers will then be able to vote for a local project over two weekends. Applicants at this stage will be awarded grants as follows:

  • First place in Tesco customer vote: £12,000 grant
  • Second place in Tesco customer vote: £10,000 grant
  • Third place in Tesco customer vote: £8,000 grant

The grants programme will be open to voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, local authorities and housing organisations. It will fund capital projects that provide community benefit and have free and open access to all members of the community for a minimum of six days a week, during daylight hours.

Projects that would typically receive funding include:

  • Parks, pocket and urban green spaces
  • Green corridors – river and canals, cycle ways
  • Formal and informal play areas
  • Open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds – eg football pitches, tennis courts and cricket pitches
  • Informal outdoor recreation facilities; eg gym equipment, trim trails and woodland walks
  • Nature reserves, community woodland, ponds and village greens
  • Churchyards
  • Seafronts
  • Community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms

Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available online on Groundworks website