WaCoCo promotes the social and economic wellbeing of the people Waterloo by supporting the sustainability and effectiveness of local community and voluntary organisations through drawing in funding, encouraging local partnerships and networks, and increasing their voice on local issues.

Tesco Bags of Help - Community Funding Scheme

The money raised by the 10p bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund a large number of projects that support community projects that benefit the local community.

Following a public vote, three projects in each Tesco region will now receive an award every two months, with first place receiving up to £4,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. Bags of Help is now permanently open for applications, but the sooner you apply, the sooner you could be awarded funding!

Administration of the local funding is managed by Groundwork, the community charity "with a green heart".  Groundwork specialises in trying to transform communities and the local environment for the better.

Applications are invited from a wide range of voluntary or community organisations: these include registered charities, schools, Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), social housing providers, conservation organisations and sports clubs.  This list is not exhaustive and there are many other types of organisations that may be funded.

All projects that benefit the local community are eligible to apply for funding. A massive range of community projects may get the green light – these range from improving community buildings indoor and outdoor spaces to buying new kit or equipment, training coaches or volunteers, hosting community events, capital and revenue projects.

Grant value: 
From below £1,000 - £4,000
no deadline - awards made every two months