Volunteers in Holbeach are hoping for a £10,000 handshake for their work in the town from a scheme jointly run by a charity and supermarket giant.
Holbeach in Bloom stands a chance of winning the cash through Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative, a scheme which turns the cost of a carrier bag into funding for environmental and community projects.
Between February 27 and March 6, shoppers at Tesco stores across South Holland will be invited to vote for three causes to receive grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000, with Spalding’s Monkshouse Primary School and Fleet Wood Lane Primary School, Fleet, the two other groups.
Graham Rudkin, chairman of Holbeach in Bloom, said: “The manager of Tesco’s in Holbeach told me about the scheme after I thought it would be a good ideal to upgrade the town’s churchyard with new railings, seats and other things like that.
“We were one of nearly 1,200 community projects to be accepted and soon people will be able to vote at their local Tesco store.
“It’s quite a feather in our cap to have got one of the grants which we can spend the money on making the churchyard a focal point of the town as it’s one of the main areas in the centre of Holbeach.”
It’s quite a feather in our cap to have got one of the grants which we can spend the money on making the churchyard a focal point of the townGraham Rudkin, chairman of Holbeach in Bloom
In total, Holbeach in Bloom and the two schools are among 1,170 groups across the UK to each receive a share of a £11.5 million carrier bag charge fund from an initial pool of more than 4,500 applicants.
Graham Duxbury, chief executive of Groundwork, said: “Bags of Help is a fantastic initiative which really is putting something back into the local environment and helping the community at grassroots level.
“The number of nominations and applications for grants has been incredible and the final three were chosen by panels of experts who live and work in each of the Tesco stores and regions.
“These grants will make a real difference to the communities they will help.”
Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco said: “The money raised by customers through the carrier bag levy will go directly to the local community through our Bags of Help initiative.
“We are really looking forward to seeing how our customers will vote and watching these three great local projects come to life.”