Bag charge cash reaching local communities in Ayrshire

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Keep Scotland Beautiful starts distributing the proceeds in partnership with Tesco

The charity for Scotland’s environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has announced the names of successful bids from communities across Scotland for its community grant scheme.

The individual awards of £250 will bolster 200 local groups, allowing them to make small improvements to their local environment. The list of successful bids includes five from Ayrshire.

The Community Grant Scheme is funded from the proceeds of the carrier bag charge collected by Tesco in Scotland, allowing Scottish communities to benefit from the 5p charge for single use carrier bags that came into force on 20th October last year.

Successful groups include local neighbourhood/friends groups, local volunteer associations and not-for-profit bodies all using the award proceeds to create cleaner, greener and happier places. The grants will support a wide range of local environment improvement projects including litter prevention and removal, outdoor reuse projects and imaginative planting.

The successful applicants from Ayrshire are: Mauchline Community Action Group, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (For Real Issues Environment Disabled Stevenston), North Ayrshire Forum on Disability, Promoting Kilwinning and Ballantrae Development Group.

Keep Scotland Beautiful currently supports over 1,500 community groups and projects across Scotland through a range of initiatives and programmes. The Community Grant Scheme fits neatly into a range of activities undertaken by the charity to encourage and facilitate volunteers and community groups to work towards making a difference to their local environment.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “The community grants announced today provide a great opportunity for local groups to help them start making small local environmental improvements. We know the benefits to our health, sense of civic pride and pleasure to visitors and residents alike that can be derived from these small scale improvements. I have no doubt that these awards will inspire continued endeavour amongst some of our country’s community volunteers, and am delighted that Ayrshire communities are playing their part.

“The scheme demonstrates the difference the carrier bag charge can make to our local environments and we’re grateful to Tesco, and its customers, for making this possible.

“Keep checking our website www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org and local press for details of future funding opportunities.”

Josh Hardie, Tesco Corporate Responsibility Director said: “We are proud to be partnering with Keep Scotland Beautiful. Together, we have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the environment and communities across Scotland.

“The awards announced today from the Community Grant Scheme will make places and spaces all over Scotland that bit cleaner and greener. The scheme is a great way to redistribute the money our customers have given through the bag charge to support local groups doing great environmental work in their local area.”