Energise Sussex Coast is bidding to bag a massive cash boost for it’s ‘Science Lab on the Beach’ project from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region 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.
Energise Sussex Coast is one of the groups on the shortlist.
The Science Lab on the Beach will feature solar powered family activities, solar panel making, solar powered boat building for children, an energy quiz and more. We want to give local residents a taste of the amazing potential that sunny Hastings holds for changing the way we power our local area through more locally owned, community benefit renewable energy and greater household energy efficiency.
Richard Watson, Chief Executive of Energise Sussex Coast said:
“Hastings is one of the sunniest places in UK and we want every child in the town to be able to come to our science lab on the beach to have fun and find out how the sun can help us generate clean energy for the future.”
Voting is open in the following local stores throughout July and August:
- Tesco Express, Battle Hill, Battle, TN33 0BN
- Tesco Express, Fernside Ave, St Leonards, TN38 0UU
- Tescos Extra, Church Wood Drive, TN38 9RB
- Tesco Express, Lacuna Place, Hastings, TN34 1BP
- Tesco Express, Little Ridge Ave, Hastings, TN37 7LR
- Tesco Express, Old London Road, Ore, TN35 5BH
Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for July and August. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”
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
- The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags in Tesco stores.
- So far Bags of Help has awarded £30 million to more than 4,600 community projects.
- For more information please visit: tesco.com/bagsofhelp