Middleton Youth Band is delighted to announce that it has won £4000 of funding from the Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme. We would like to thank all who have taken the time to vote for us in stores throughout January and February.
Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £71 million to over 23,000 local community projects.
Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Middleton Youth Band has been awarded £4000.
Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.
Following on from the successful launch of our award-winning training band in 2017, Middleton Youth Band is keen to develop the services we offer and intend to use this grant to help fund further cohorts of complete beginners, offer a range of workshops to existing members, potential new members and members of the community. Workshops will include instrument maintenance, improving rhythm awareness, quartet and quintet groups, advanced theory and will include tuition from experienced, qualified tutors and projects with other community groups and organisations.
Voting ran in stores throughout January and February with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.
Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.
Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
In addition, to mark Tesco’s 100th year, they have announced two special voting rounds, Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, in summer and winter 2019 with larger grant amounts available over wider geographic regions. Please look online for more information on if they can support your group either through the normal Bags of Help vote or Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants.
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.