There have been some recent important changes to the Tesco Local Community Fund.

Changes have been made to the criteria and the deadline for round one has been extended Friday 11 December (12 noon) 

Open access - Projects will still need to benefit the community and be free to access (ie not subject to an entry fee). However, this may now include project sites that do have access restrictions such as:

  • projects on school grounds
  • community spaces which are for the specific use of housing estate residents or community centres, including gated areas
  • spaces in the grounds of ‘closed community venues’ such as hospices and day centres
  • allotments (although works to individual plots cannot be funded).

Landowner permission – Applicants will still need to demonstrate that they have (or can get) the permission of the landowner to undertake their project and that the project can be looked after in future in order to receive funds but we don’t need to have a signed form at this stage.

Project completion – Instead of the project having to be delivered within six months of funding being received, this has now been extended to 12 months.

If you think your project may now be eligible please click here and fill in the simple expression of interest form by noon on Friday 11 December. Someone will then get back to you to tell you what other information is needed to assess your application.

If you need any help or advice there is a hotline 0121 237 5780 or email Groundwork at