Bags boost local school projects

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Supermarket giants Tesco have given a cash boost to school projects in Girvan and Kirkmichael.

Customers were asked to vote on who got a share of the £11.5million being made available from the 5p charge for a carrier bag.

The supermarket teamed-up charity greenspace scotland to launch its Bags of Help initiative which offers sums of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000.

And there are three winners in the South Ayrshire Council area.

Girvan Nursery School receives a top-level grant of £12,000.

Kirkmichael Primary School Parent Council’s Play and Discovery Path project receives £10,000.

The third recipient in South Ayrshire is Kingcase Primary for its school grounds.

Voting took place between February 27 and March 6 and Tesco estimates that around eight million of its customers voted in-store for their favourite local project.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland said Bags of Help had been a fantastic success.

He added: “We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.

“Applications for the next round of the initiative will open in April and we look forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag their share of the bag charge fund.”

Greenspace scotland is a charity working towards the goal that everyone living in urban Scotland should have easy access to quality green space which meets local needs and improves their quality of life.

The charity’s community enabler co-ordinator Emma Halliday commented: “We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help initiative.

“It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement.

“This is money which will go directly back into the communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, grow food, be active, play or simply relax.

“This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.”

Applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open on April 18.

As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects and sites can also be nominated by people living locally.

The community groups and good causes in South Ayrshire are three of 144 organisations in each of Tesco’s 48 regions up and down Scotland to receive a share of the Bags of Help fund.

 The initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use bags.

 Over 4,500 groups up and down the UK applied for grants from the scheme.

These were whittled down to three in each of Tesco’s regions.