Rugeley Town Council bags £2,000 from Tescos Community Grant Scheme.

Published: 01 August 2019

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £79 million to over 26,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed that Rugeley Town Council has been awarded £2,000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Green Lane Play Area – Rugeley Town Council, in conjunction with Cannock Chase District Council, will work at improving the play facilities offered at Green Lane playing fields in Rugeley. Following public consultation, plans will now be developed to create an overhaul of the current children’s play area.

Cllr Robert Dipple, Chair of Rugeley Town Council, said: “Green Lane play area is an important asset to the local residents but the facility has the opportunity to be improved. We look forward to working with the landowners (Cannock Chase District Council), in providing a modern play area for local children.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

In addition, to mark Tesco’s 100th year, they have announced two special voting rounds, Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, taking place in store now with larger grant amounts available over wider geographic regions. Please look online for more information on if they can support your group either through the normal Bags of Help vote or Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants and don’t forget to vote in store!

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