COMMUNITY groups around the Forres area with projects which will help improve green spaces, are being encouraged to apply to the Tesco Bags of Help funding scheme.
Applications are now open to local projects which will help improve green spaces in communities. Projects that are likely to get the green light include parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.
Three finalists will be chosen to win a share of £30k with cash awards of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 for first, second and third place up for grabs.
“Customers vote over two weekends in their store for their favourite shortlisted local project and grants are awarded accordingly,” said Kerry Speed who is community officer at Tesco of Forres.
“I would like to maximise the chances of a Forres project reaching the short list, so I want to let as many people as possible know about this great funding opportunity and try to get as many Forres and area groups or projects to apply.”She added: “It’s your money - so where the money goes locally is up to you.”
Kerry explained that a lot of good local projects from the Moray area featured in the top ten last year.
This included Outfit Moray who were bidding to build a cycle area in Lossiemouth, Nairn Academy who put in a bid to create a sensory garden and there were projects to create playparks and community gardens from around the area, as well as a bid for a skatepark in Keith and a local school that wanted to resurface its car park.
“It’s to do with green spaces because of the link with reducing carrier bag usage and the amount that goes to landfill,” said Kerry. “Last year Keep Scotland Beautiful distributed the funds.”
The money was raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland, and is now being used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities.
Grants will be awarded each year in around 400 Tesco regions to make sure the funding is spread evenly across England, Wales and Scotland.
Because there is major demand for grants, all of the applications received are assessed and a shortlist of projects is drawn up with three successful projects put forward to a vote in Tesco stores for the first, second and third place cash awards.
Forres is included in the region which stretches from Nairn to Keith and south to Dufftown . There are 400 regional groups each getting the £30,000 pot.
Visit www.groundwork.org.uk/tescobagsofhelp to find out more.