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Norfolk charities get last chance for Tesco funding 

Charities and community organisations in Norfolk who have been struggling to maintain their work can access £500 of funding from Tesco’s Covid-19 fund, administered by community charity Groundwork.

This funding was opened in April to help organisations that are supporting communities in response to the pandemic. The funding is now coming to an end and the last date for funding submission is Friday September 18.

Organisations can apply for up to £500 to help with the following:

·         Increased demand – e.g. a holiday hunger club needs more resources to support children through the summer months or a food bank whose stocks are running low and needs an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.

·         Disrupted services – e.g. a local charity setting up a delivery service to replace its monthly lunch club, or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.

·         New services – e.g. a health focused charity having to set up a new online patient service requires new IT equipment or a mental health charity developing a new service.

Groundwork encourage all organisations who meet the funding criteria to apply, and second applications are also welcomed (provided the work funded by the first has been completed).

Recipient Waveney Gymnastics club is using the funding to set up videoconferencing so their staff can continue to keep in contact with their community and offer engaging videos to keep them mental and physically active. The club said:

“The funding has greatly helped to ensure we were able to move our presence online, to make sure we can reach our community to help with their social, mental and physical wellbeing.”

Groundwork has been working with Tesco on the Bags of Help funding that began in 2015 in response to the introduction of charging for plastic bags to reduce levels of single use plastic.

During the Covid-19 pandemic Tesco made the decision, back in April, to make £2 million available across the UK to help charities and organisations who work with communities to get through this difficult time or to take on new initiatives to support communities during the pandemic. In June they extended the funding and made available another £2 million to enable even more support for these groups as the pandemic continues.

For more information contact Jane Herbert on 07726 695996 or
Apply now at:

For more information on Groundwork visit

Image from Groundwork website

Eldred Willey, 27/08/2020

Published: 27/08/2020
Eldred Willey