Community groups and charities across the Barrhead area are being invited to apply for funding through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Applications are officially open for 2020, with more than £1million to be shared across Scotland throughout this year.

Anyone can nominate groups and charities benefitting communities in the Barrhead area.

Three groups will be awarded grants of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 every three months in a total of 76 funding areas.

The scheme sees money raised from the sale of reusable ‘Bags for Life’ in Tesco stores being used to fund local projects.

And customers decide where the money goes, casting their votes for shortlisted charities by using blue tokens handed out in stores.

Projects to have benefitted in the past range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces, to new equipment and training coaches and volunteers.

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Keith Jackson, Tesco’s Bags of Help manager, said: “From projects to improve community spaces to groups looking for support with community events, purchasing new equipment and funding coaches, we encourage you to nominate and apply.

“Bags of Help has provided more than £80million of funding to more than 27,000 local community projects to date and there is so much more we want to help groups achieve.”

The scheme is run in partnership with community charity Greenspace Scotland. Emma Halliday, co-ordinator at Greenspace Scotland, said: “We encourage community groups to apply for Bags of Help funding to help improve places and spaces in local communities.

“We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

To find out more or apply for funding, visit