Environment grants from plastic bags cash launched

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The charity Keep Scotland Beautiful launched its community grants scheme in the Borders last month.

Applications are now open for grants of up to £250 to local groups for small schemes to help improve the region’s environment.

And the charity hopes to build on the 38 community groups it already supports across the region.

The cash for the scheme comes from Tesco’s carrier bag charges, and the retailing giant’s partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful came after more than 27,000 people took part in a vote to establish the supermarket’s charity partners for carrier bag charges.

The grants are aimed at supporting improvement projects such as litter prevention and removal, outdoor reuse projects and imaginative planting.

Groups eligible for the funds include local neighbourhood/friends groups, local volunteer associations and not-for-profit bodies.

To be in with a chance of gaining the grant, projects must be volunteer-led, involve and benefit the community, be centred on local action to improve the local environment and be “delivered in an environmentally sustainable manner”.

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s chief executive Derek Robertson said: “The community grant scheme represents a great opportunity for local groups across the Borders to access funding and promote local environmental improvement.

“I hope many groups will enter the scheme and use the proceeds to transform a corner of their local community.

“The scheme demonstrates the difference the carrier bag charge can make to our local environments and we’re grateful to Tesco for making this possible.”

Tesco’s community director Greg Sage said: “We’re proud to be partnering with Keep Scotland Beautiful. Together, we have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the environment and communities across Scotland.

“The new grant scheme is a great way to redistribute the money our customers have raised to support local groups doing great environmental work in their area.”

Applications can be made at www.keepscotland