Little Helps

Tesco is banishing Blue Monday, traditionally known as the most depressing day of the year, by launching a campaign to give 60 charities and community projects a boost.

Over the next three weeks, we are calling for applications from groups across the UK that could benefit from a £5000 grant to help them to make a difference in their communities. 

Priority will be given to projects that provide food and support to young people, with examples including:

  • A local school needing support to buy food for a children’s breakfast club,
  • A voluntary organisation working with families to run a food bank,
  • A charity supporting young people with specialist advice to manage mental health,
  • A brownie or scout group needing new camping equipment,
  • Kitchen equipment for a youth project to set up a holiday club,
  • Supporting a community centre wanting to put on a celebration lunch or Meals on Wheels service,
  • A healthy eating project that supports families to cook healthy meals on a budget.

Applications are open from 17th January 2022 until 6th February 2022. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Apply for a grant

Step 1

Read the guidance notes

Before applying, we recommend that all applicants read the Guidance Notes for more detail about the grants and project eligibility.

Step 2

Read the

Got any additional questions? Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions to see if we’ve got the answer.

Step 3


Ready to apply? Great. Follow the link below to make an application.

Click here for Terms and Conditions

  1. This campaign is open to all organisations which meet the eligibility criteria outlined in clause 6 and 7, except for any organisations directly connected with the planning or administration of the campaign (including Tesco, Groundwork and Global).
  2. To apply, fill in the application form found at the following webpage:
  3. The application period opens at 00:01 on Monday 17th January 2022 and closes at 23.59 on Sunday 6th February 2022. Applications received after 23.59 on Sunday 6th February 2022 will not be reviewed or considered for funding.
  4. Applications that are incomplete, corrupted, delayed, wrongly delivered, or not received for whatever reason will not be accepted. Any information that we consider to be offensive, indecent, racist, copied, offensive, cruel or fraudulent, or infringing the rights of others will be immediately removed (where we own content) and disqualified.
  5. Applicants can apply for one of 60 x £5,000 Tesco Community Grants. Each successful applicant will be awarded £5,000 for their organisation.
  6. Organisations that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for funding. The eligibility criteria is as follows:
    1. The applicants must be good causes in local communities with a priority on supporting groups addressing food insecurity and those supporting children, young people and families;
    2. Organisations supporting other causes can apply but will not be prioritised for consideration;
    3. Applications will be accepted from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies (please note, CIC’s must have been running for a minimum of two years and we can consider CICs limited by guarantee but not those limited by shares), community councils, mutuals and housing organisations;
    4. Organisations must be UK-based to be eligible;
    5. To satisfy eligibility criteria:
      1. Any applying group must be constituted and will need to submit a copy of their governing document as part of the application process;
      2. The name of the applicant organisation must match that on the governing document;
      3. The governing document must contain a satisfactory winding up/dissolution clause;
      4. An application cannot be considered if the sufficient governing document is not submitted. It will be marked as incomplete and therefore rejected;
      5. Applications from organisations that are registered with The Charity Commission or Companies House will be cross-referenced and checked against information on the relevant websites;
      6. Any concerns that are raised on Companies House/Charity Commission will lead to the application being unsuccessful;
      7. If your organisation is NOT a registered charity or a registered company we will require:
        1. Home Addresses for both the Main and Alternate contacts.
        2. The Main contact to provide two forms of ID in the upload fields – one for proof of name and the other for proof of address.
        3. The alternate contact MUST be a Bank Account Signatory for the bank account you will use if you are successful in receiving a grant.
      8. Forms of identification guidance:
        1. You cannot use one form of identification for both name and address. For example, if you provide your driving licence as proof of your name you must provide another form of identification for your address, such as a utility bill.
        2. Proof of Name – please upload a document, such as your Current signed passport; a Current UK or EEA photocard driving licence; or Original birth certificate (UK birth certificate issued within 12 months of the date of birth in full form including those issued by UK authorities overseas such as Embassies High Commissions and HM Forces).
        3. Proof of Address – please upload a document, such as a Utility bill (gas, electric – issued within the last three months, UK water bill; Local authority council tax bill for the current council tax year; Tenancy agreement from a housing association or a council.
        4. You can take a picture of your document with your mobile phone or you can scan your document and then upload to the attachment fields.
        5. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified and will be signposted to Tesco Community Grants.
  7. Applications will not be considered from businesses or ‘for profit’ organisations.
  8. Eligible applications will be provided to a judging panel including an independent member whose decision on funding will be final. The criteria upon which the applications will be judged is as follows:
    1. The type of project;
    2. The reach of the project across the community;
    3. Who will benefit under the project;
    4. The local impact of the project;
    5. The age of the organisation that is applying.
  9. One application per organisation. If you apply more than once, we’ll accept your first application only and disqualify all other applications.
  10. No third party or bulk applications. If it becomes apparent that either an applicant or household is using any means to circumvent this condition such as, and without limitation, multiple accounts, multiple reproduced or computer generated applications, fraudulently falsifying data, in the opinion of the Promoter or otherwise acting in violation of these terms, these applicants will be disqualified and any funding grant will be void.
  11. The application instructions form part of the rules. By applying, you agree to accept and be bound by the rules.
  12. The successful applicants will be notified by email within 60 days of the closing date. If we cannot contact the applicant or if an applicant does not return necessary details, we will try again and if we don’t hear within a further 20 days, the funding will be withdrawn and granted to a new successful applicant.
  13. Where we suspect that an organisation has breached these T&Cs we reserve the right to verify the successful applicant and ask for proof of identity, age and address and that they are the registered user associated with the successful notification.
  14. As part of the campaign Groundwork collects the following personal data: your name, contact details and payment information. Groundwork will process the personal data you provide for the purpose of administering your grant application (assessing your application, grant due diligence, processing grant payments grant variations, grant monitoring, end of grant reporting) on the basis of a contract (the Grant Agreement) between yourself and Groundwork UK. If you are using an accountable body to process your grant funds, Groundwork will hold the organisation information and organisation payment information. Groundwork may share the personal data that you provide with Enablers who work for Groundwork Trusts in order for them to provide support with this or any future application to Tesco funded schemes. Any personal data submitted by the applicants to Groundwork will be treated in accordance with Groundwork’s privacy policy which can be accessed at
  15. To protect its legitimate interests, Groundwork may also conduct checks against records held by other government departments, and other agencies for the purposes of assessing your eligibility for a grant, preventing fraud, or for the purposes of the prevention or detection of crime.
  16. Groundwork needs to keep the details of financial transactions for 7 years, in the event of a tax or banking enquiry.
  17. Identity Verification Checks: Data that is sent to Groundwork for ID verification checks for proof of identity and proof of address will be kept securely in Groundwork’s grant management system. If your application is successful and you receive funding from Tesco Little Helps, Big Feels, Groundwork will keep this data until it receives a Grant Completion Report from you. Upon receiving a completed report, Groundwork will delete your data from its system. If your application is unsuccessful, Groundwork will delete your data soon after informing you on your application decision. Groundwork may at any time get in touch with the main contact to request additional verification information if required.
  18. We reserve the right to cancel, amend, withdraw, terminate or temporarily suspend this campaign for whatever reason, with no liability to any applicants or third parties but if this happens we will use all reasonable endeavours to avoid consumer disappointment.
  19. The name and county of the successful applicants will be made available to anyone who requests them by emailing within 1 month of the closing date. Applicants may request their name and county is not published in the event they win by emailing by 28th February 2022. However, the Promoter shall provide the name and county of the successful applicants to competent authorities upon request from such competent authorities (including the Advertising Standards Authority).
  20. The decision of the judging panel is final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.
  21. The application and interpretation of these terms and conditions shall be governed by the law of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any dispute concerning them.
  22. The Promoter is Tesco Stores Ltd., Tesco House, Shire Park, Kestrel Way, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1GA.