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Last chance for Salford groups to bag £12k with Tesco

Tesco is urging local community groups and good causes across Salford to get their applications in to bag a share of its £13million carrier bag charge fund.

The supermarket’s ‘Bags of Help’ initiative, sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awarded to environmental and green community projects.

All the money donated to local groups has been raised from the 5p charge on plastic bags introduced in October 2015.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country for the last round of funding – with more than £11.5million being awarded to winning projects.

Applications for the next round end on Friday 3 June.

Winners from Salford in the past include Irlam Primary School, who were granted £12,000 for a new sports and outdoor education area, mental health charity Start in Salford won £8,000 for their Start in the Park Community Garden at Buile Hill Park, and Salford Friendly Anglers Society won £10,000 towards their Old River Irwell Restoration Project.

Caroline Silke, Head of Charity and Local Community at Tesco, said: “With more than 4,500 groups applying and almost 1200 receiving a grant, the last round of Bags of Help was a great success.

“The deadline for applications for the second round of applications is fast approaching.

“his is a fantastic opportunity for community groups to bag a grant of up to £12,000 and I would urge groups to visit our website or call the dedicated helpline now to avoid missing out.”

As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated all year round by people living locally.

All interested charities and community groups have to do is apply online here or call the helpline on 0121 237 5780.

From September 2016 Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in stores for which of the three finalists they’d like to see win the prize money.

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Tom is SalfordOnline.com's News Editor and community co-ordinator.