COMMUNITY groups and charities across Somerset are being invited to apply for thousands of pounds’ worth of funding.

Applications are now officially open for the 2020 Tesco Bags of Help scheme, and anyone can nominate groups and charities benefitting local communities.

Three groups will be awarded grant amounts of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 every three months.

The scheme sees money raised from the sale of reusable Bags for Life in Tesco stores, and then locals vote for their top cause with blue chips.

Keith Jackson, Bags of Help manager at Tesco, 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, apply and get involved in this fantastic scheme.

The scheme runs in partnership with community charity Groundwork and people can find out more at