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Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service calls out for votes to get a share of Tesco’s Community Grants fund

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service are bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Community Grants initiative. Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects.

You can vote at your West Bromwich, Great Barr and Stone Cross Tesco stores.

Three groups in every community have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Our Sow and Grow project in West Bromwich provides an opportunity for adults and children to work together to learn about gardening and to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs at school and home.

Our Curriculum manager Lisa Espinosa says “Sandwell Adult and Family Learning service (SAFL) provides Sow and Grow courses in partnership with Sandwell schools where we engage families in a gardening project where they learn together in an open air space which is both relaxing and fun. The courses are accessible to all and the initiative enables families to utilise the smallest of spaces to grow vegetables and herbs at home. We aim to inspire local families to increase their interest and passion for a more sustainable way of living, recycling, saving water and highlighting that the smallest of steps can and do have a positive impact on the green agenda. Gardening also helps improve the mental wellbeing of the whole family”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July, August and September and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.

Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already awarded over £96 million to more than 46,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. By funding services which support young people and reduce food poverty, we hope to facilitate positive change from the ground up across the UK. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities, particularly those helping to provide food and giving children the support, they need for a good start in life. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

Creator: Scott L
Published: 04 July 2022