A new report outlines investments totaling £100 million made in UK communities.

March 12, 2023

A new report outlines investments totaling £100 million made in UK communities.

One of the more than 50,000 projects in the UK that have received funding through Tesco Community Grants since their start is a community organization that works with adolescents who are at-risk of becoming involved in knife crime.

In Tesco’s Community Impact Report, which was just released this week, the London-based Power2’s Teens and Toddlers organization is one of thousands of initiatives that the supermarket chain’s Community Grants program has proudly backed. The projects that address homelessness, aid Servicepeople’s families, promote diversity, and offer Covid 19 assistance are also highlighted.

The report, which was produced in collaboration with the nonprofit Groundwork, which administers the Tesco Community Grants program, highlights the accomplishments of the grant financing program, which has been assisting communities since 2015, and details how the £100 million in Community Grants was distributed during that period.

Tesco has given funding totaling £101,881,339 to 50,880 community initiatives since the program’s inception. The grant awards were determined by the 738,402,011 votes submitted by Tesco customers using their recognizable blue tokens in stores all over the UK.

Grants by project emphasis broken down:

Project focus No. of grants awarded Funding provided
Improving health & wellbeing 15,091 £30,396,315
Creating a better environment 5160 £17,260,217
Physical improvements to an outdoor space 3207 £17,145,443
Education, training, skills 6540 £11,187,705
Sport 4077 £7,127,781
Building better community relationships 3599 £6,123,605
Community activities in an outdoor space 1822 £4,180,573
Covid 19 emergency support 8049 £4,024,500
Arts & culture 1611 £2,500,409
Tackling food insecurity 1724 £1,934,791
50,880 £101,881,339




Tesco UK & ROI CEO Jason Tarry stated: “We are seeing how local organizations are making a significant difference to those in their communities more than ever. They have served as sources of hope and useful assistance more recently during the Covid crisis and currently during the expense of living crisis. We are incredibly pleased to have contributed to funding their incredible work through our Tesco Community Grants program.

Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive, Groundwork UK, said:
“We’ve been supporting local communities to make their areas safer, stronger and more sustainable for more than 40 years and we know that some of the most effective solutions to the challenges communities face are the ones led by people who live there. There has never been a more crucial moment to support the work being done by neighborhood organizations, local charities, and educational institutions to maintain people’s health and connections, to deal with hardship, and to safeguard and enhance the environment. Tesco has demonstrated an incredible dedication to assisting local communities, and we have been delighted to collaborate with them to ensure that funds are directed to the areas that need them the most.

neighborhood groups, charities, and not-for-profit organizations that want to improve their local neighborhood are welcome to apply to the program. Customers and employees of Tesco are also invited to suggest deserving neighborhood charities. Each Tesco customer in the UK receives a blue token with their purchase, which they can use to vote for the projects they believe should receive the most money.

The initiative has benefited school activities, breakfast clubs, and charities that assist veterans in our garrison towns. It has also raised awareness of homelessness. More recently it has helped get what’s needed most to families through funding for food, mental health support, lifesaving tools and specialized resources.

You can access the complete Report here: groundwork-tesco-community-grants-impact-report.pdf. (tescoplc.com)