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Bishop's Stortford community groups and charities urged to bid for share of £6m Tesco cash

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Community groups and charities in Bishop's Stortford are being invited to bid for funding through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Applications are officially open for 2020, with more than £6m to be shared across England throughout the year – including £14,000 in the Stortford area.

Anyone can nominate groups and charities benefiting communities. Every three months, three groups will be awarded grants of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 in funding areas including Stortford.

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Customers decide where the money goes, casting their votes for short-listed charities using blue tokens handed out in stores.

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 and apply and get involved in this fantastic scheme.

"Bags of Help has provided more than £80m of funding to more than 27,000 local community projects to date, and there's so much more we want to help groups to achieve."

The scheme runs in partnership with community charity Groundwork, whose chief executive Graham Duxbury 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."

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