APPLICATIONS are being sought to win funding for community projects and good causes across North Wales.

This summer Tesco have a total of £5m available for their Tesco Community Grants programme, with an emphasis on boosting school funds for extra food and healthy activities.

Thousands of schoolchildren will benefit from this new grant programme which will provide grants to help give them a healthier, more active, stronger start in life.

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Jason Tarry, Tesco UK CEO, said: "Tackling classroom hunger is vitally important in helping children get a stronger start in life. Children with enough food have more energy, better concentration and ultimately do better in school.

"As a business that is at the heart of communities, we know that urgent action is needed to improve the lives and prospects of young people. We hope our initiative will help families and schools that are struggling to keep children fed."

In the first year 5,300 schools will be able to apply for support funding to get pupils the nutritious food they need throughout the school day and resources to keep them physically active with new sports and play equipment or outdoor activities.

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Since Tesco's Community Grants programme launched in 2015 it has awarded more than £100m in funding to more than 50,000 community projects, with grant awards decided by 700,000 votes cast by Tesco customers in stores across the UK.

Groundwork North Wales works as an enabler for the Tesco Community Grants programme across North Wales and is looking for applications from schools in the region, not-for-profit organisations, community group or registered charities.

If you are a Tesco customer or colleague, you can nominate a cause that you would like to see supported and we'll contact them to encourage them to apply.

Jess Wragg, Tesco Community Grant Enabler at Groundwork North Wales, added: "We would love to hear from schools across North Wales, any local registered charities and not-for-profit organisations who would be interested in applying for a Tesco Community Grant. We are here to help throughout the process so please get in touch as the grants are a great opportunity for funding".

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Schools will be able to apply for a grant of up to £1,500 that can go towards activities that focus on providing food to pupils such as fruit for breakfast clubs or snacks to enjoy throughout the day and for equipment for outdoor and indoor activities.

Successful applications will go to a customer vote in their local Tesco store. Two out of the three blue token voting boxes by the checkout will be dedicated to local schools with the third given over to local community projects nominated by each store's colleagues. Customers can then choose which of the three projects they'd like to support by voting with a blue token.

You can contact Groundwork North Wales for more information and an informal discussion on 01978 757 524 or email and