Community Groups: Apply for a Tesco community grant

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Grants of up to £2,000 are available. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK*, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £2,000, second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500.

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Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork who are working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.

Highland Alcohol & Drugs Partnership – Local Improvement Fund

HADP wishes to invite funding applications to the Alcohol and Drugs – Local Improvement Fund. Please find attached a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) information sheet and Application Form which includes Guidance Notes for applicants.

This one off fund aims to provide funding to partner organisations, including the Third Sector to support implementation of the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Strategy and the national strategy; Rights, Respect and Recovery. Its principle aim is to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug related harm. The funding is to provide opportunities to:

  • Test new approaches
  • Improve ways of working
  • Support recovery

Currently, the Local Improvement Fund will be open on this occasion only, with a maximum of 10 awards of up to £10,000 available. The Fund is open from 16th December with completed applications submitted by noon on 20th January 2020..Preference will be given to organisations that have not received previously funding via HADP. 

HADP can support organisation interested in applying by; discussing applications, providing guidance, suggesting potential sources of evidence and advising on evaluation. It is essential that all projects build in evaluation from the outset.  Contact Debbie Stewart, HADP Coordinator:


Highland Employability Pipeline Challenge Fund

Highland Council would like to invite Challenge Fund applications from a number of Third Sector Service Providers of an appropriate scale, to deliver a package of Specialist Employability Support Services to enable unemployed people to progress along the Strategic Skills Pipeline. As multi stage provision it is anticipated that the clients accessing the service will need longer term support as they progress towards and into sustained employment. If a provider is not seeking to deliver multi stage provision itself, it will need to enter into consortia to ensure clients are able to access the multi stage support they need.

Supported through the European Social Fund (ESF), the Council is running a Challenge Fund Grant Scheme where successful providers are required to provide their own match funding to access the European Funds. An intervention rate up to 70% of ESF is available. The Closing date for Challenge Fund Applications is 24th January 2020  with service delivery commencing at the earliest, 1st April 2020 and finishing by 31st December 2022.  For further information and a copy of the Challenge Fund application pack, please email . 

Please note that Highland Council will also shortly be re-procuring its Framework for the provision of short term employability provision where no match funding from Providers is required.

Event Scotland

EventScotland – National Events Programme Funding of £4,000 – £25,000 is available to support sporting and cultural events which take place out with the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and drive domestic tourism within Scotland. It is a development programme and therefore does not provide long-term or core funding. It is designed to support additional elements or new activity specifically intended to strategically grow events. Deadline: 6th February 2020