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Inspire EBP calls out for votes to get a share of Tesco’s Community Grants fund

Tesco community grants

Inspire EBP are bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Community Grants initiative. Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every community have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Inspire is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Inspire is an education business partnership working in some of the most deprived London boroughs of Hackney, Camden and Islington. Working with 15,000 young people each year, we deliver a combination of in-school and workplace activities to help young people aged 3-24 see and understand the world of work. We believe every young person deserves a fair chance to succeed and the relationships we broker between schools and businesses have played a vital role in our local community for the past 17 years.

Students at garden project

At Inspire, we also run an alternative provision school, Inspired Directions (IDS), for up to fifteen 13-16 year-olds who have been excluded from mainstream education. The school provides a small, supportive community for some of Hackney’s most vulnerable young people with extremely complex needs, helping them to gain confidence and achieve along their chosen pathways.


We have been given the chance to fundraise for a new interactive whiteboard for our school through the Tesco Community Grants Scheme.

In our 12 years of experience, the young people we work with distinctly benefit from multi-sensory learning. The interactive nature of the whiteboard will help to keep them engaged in classes and enhance greater communication and collaboration between the students. Increased motivation at school will then lead to improved attainment and engagement, and, in turn, will improve their educational outcomes. This will contribute towards their ability to secure and maintain professional employment, further education or an apprenticeship once they leave us.

IDS students in class


Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July, August and September and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within a store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

You should vote for us at these stores:

5501    SOUTHGATE RD LOND EXP   N1 3JE  Express
2619    HACKNEY METRO   E9 6QU  Metro
5404    HAGGERSTON EXP  E8 4DN  Express
6349    LDN DALSTN JUNCTN EXP   E8 4AH  Express
6248    OLD ST HACKNEY EXP      E2 7QU  Express
5508    SHOREDITCH HI ST EXP    E1 6HP  Express

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website here:

Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already provided over £85 million to more than 36,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. By funding services that support young people and reduce food poverty, we hope to facilitate positive change from the ground up across the UK. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities, particularly those helping to provide food and giving children the support they need for a good start in life. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

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