Tesco Grants

17th December 2013

Tesco Charity Trust

The Trust was set up on 1 June 1987 to support both national and local community charities, and to add a 20% top up to staff fundraising. It is run by a board of trustees recommended by the main board of Tesco PLC.

In the year ending February 2013, the Tesco Charity Trust made cash grants of over £2 million to local, national and international charities. This figure includes:

  • Community Award donations to local community charities totalling almost £700,000;
  • Donations to other charities totalling almost £600,000;
  • Over £700,000 in 20% top up on staff fundraising our Tesco Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK and other charities.

The Tesco Charity Trust aims to help Tesco support the local communities in which we operate.

  • On a local level, to support the needs of employees, customers and communities around our stores;
  • On a national level, to support initiatives that address identified need through existing charities’ activities; and
  • On an international level, to help our business and supply chain to make a difference in their locations.

Latest Donations


Multiple Sclerosis UK- Our donation paid for a Fit Vibe trainer, helping MS sufferers improve their condition by helping their muscles respond to the stimulation, reducing spasm and stiffness. 


QPR in the Community Trust- Our donation provided young people with Down’s syndrome with the opportunity to receive nutritional education and develop their cooking skills.  

Tesco Charity Trust Larger Grants 

The Air Ambulance Service-  Our £14,400 donation will enable the Charity to provide another stretcher in order to carry out vital transfers for critically ill children and babies.

Pump Aid – Our £25,000 donation will help install water and toilet projects at schools in Malawi. The money also went towards a monitoring system so the charity can make sure installed pumps are working properly and can be repaired if necessary. 

Manchester Care & Repair – We gave a £14,000 donation for the charity to provide and install grab rails, stair rails and other safety equipment for 1000 older people who have been identified as ‘in need’.

Funding from Tesco Charity Trust

The Tesco Charity Trust runs two funding schemes - the Community Awards and the larger Grants. Please see below for details on each scheme.

Community Awards

The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000 to registered charities and not for profit organisations who are working on local projects that support children and their education and welfare, elderly people and adults and children with disabilities.

There are four rounds of funding each year. Application deadlines can be downloaded below. Applications must be made via our online application form. You may also want to view a copy of the application questions before filling out the application form. Please note these are for information only and you must complete an online application if you wish to apply for an award.

Larger Grant Applications

The Tesco Charity Trust offers grants of between £4000 and £25,000 to charities working around our stores, and in the countries we source from. We prioritise applications in the areas of children’s education and welfare, those with disabilities and the elderly.

We are now accepting applications for the January 2014 round of Larger Grants. All applications should be received before Thursday 9th January at midday.

If you would like to check if you are eligible to apply for a grant, please download a copy of our grant criteria. If it’s suitable, please then send details of your project to charity.trust@uk.tesco.com to request an application form.

Download our Larger Grant Criteria PDF 0.2MB

20% Top-Up

All Tesco staff may apply to the Tesco Charity Trust for 20% top-up on their fundraising. We automatically top-up staff fundraising for our Charity of the Year and Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.

Staff wishing to apply for 20% top-up should email charity.enquiries@uk.tesco.com.

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