Droitwich ArtsFest bags £1,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Droitwich Arts Network is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme to support Droitwich arts festival

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £43 million to over 10,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed that Droitwich ArtsFest has been awarded £1,000. The timing is perfect as ArtsFest starts on Saturday 30th June at 12 noon in St Andrews Square, Droitwich

Droitwich ArtsFest lasts four weeks with mostly free events including music, art, crafts, dance, exhibitions, drama, and poetry. The aim is to engage the general public in a wide variety of artistic activities, and to encourage all sections of the community to attend. The full programme can be seen at www.droitwichartsfest.org

Festival organiser, Rhys Jones, commented “Receiving this funding from Tesco makes a significant impact on helping us to meet the costs of an ambitious festival, particularly as most of the events are free to attend”.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life”.

Voting ran in local stores throughout March and April with customers choosing which 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.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK 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.”

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.

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