TESCO is appealing to community projects to apply for its Bag of Helps scheme.

The supermarket giant has teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly roll-out of its funding scheme and community projects can apply for grants of up to £4,000 Three groups will be awarded grants every month and Tesco customers have a chance to vote with a token given to them at the check-out every time they shop.

Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said: “The money raised from our customers buying bags is making a big different to local communities across the country.

“Thanks to Bags of Help, millions has been invested so far on projects like parks, sports facilities, school playgrounds and community gardens.

“These are projects that have been chosen by our customers.”

Since launched in 2015 the scheme, which is funded by the 5p bag levy, has awarded more than £33 million across 6,300 projects.

Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork, said: “It’s great to see the positive difference that Bags of Help is making to communities across the UK.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by the scheme shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and encouragement they need to make change happen.”

Community groups and charities can apply for funding and Tesco customers can nominate projects they’d like to see receive money.

Ask in store for more information or visit tesco.com/bagsofhelp.