Apply for Tesco Centenary Funding

Tesco CEO and Tamworth MP urge charities to apply for Tesco Centenary funding

Christopher Pincher MP is encouraging charities and community groups in Tamworth to apply for a share of a new £100,000 funding pot being offered by Tesco to mark its Centenary year. 

Mr Pincher met Dave Lewis, Tesco Chief Executive, at the supermarket’s Centenary Reception in Parliament to learn about the Centenary Bags of Help Grants. Community organisations from across Staffordshire are being invited to apply now to share in the funding in a special round of voting in Tesco stores, which launches in November.

Bags of Help, run in partnership with community charity Groundwork, sees funding given to thousands of local community projects every year. In Tamworth, Bags of Help has awarded over £60,000 to local projects so far.

Applications are open to all community projects across the region bringing local benefits, with Tesco colleagues involved in shortlisting three applications in each area. Customers are then invited to vote for which group they’d like to receive grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000, casting their votes using blue tokens handed out at checkouts.

The funding will reach over 30 regions, with an incredible £3.3m up for grabs across the country. In addition to the funding available from Centenary Bags of Help Grants, Tesco also runs the Community Food Connection, where charities can receive free food – not sold at the store – at the end of the working day. Charities are encouraged to get in touch with Tesco to learn more.


Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, said:

“The Tesco Centenary funding is a really welcome boost for charities and community organisations across Staffordshire, and I’m particularly keen to see lots of groups in Tamworth put in applications for the chance to secure a share of the £100,000 funding in November.

“Anyone can suggest a project for the Bags of Help Centenary fund, so if you know of a local charity or community group that could benefit, you can visit Tesco’s website to make a nomination. I have recently written out to a number of local charities to raise awareness of this scheme, and will write to more soon.”



Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“In 2019 we are celebrating a century of delivering great value for our customers. And what better way to celebrate this occasion than by using our flagship Bags of Help scheme to support even more groups and organisations who are helping to make a difference across Britain.”


Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, said

“This is an exciting time for Bags of Help, with many more communities given the opportunity to apply for larger amounts of funding that can make a positive, long-lasting legacy where they live. We look forward to seeing a wide range of innovative projects that boost the health and wellbeing of our communities spring to life across Britain.”   

Anyone can nominate a project for both a normal Bags of Help Grant and/or the Bags of Help Centenary Grants, and organisations and groups looking to find out more or apply should visit