The Cullen Sea School calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

The Cullen Sea School is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. Greenspace Scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.

Three groups in every Tesco region 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.

The Cullen Sea School is one of the groups on the shortlist.

We are looking for funding to purchase a single St. Ayles skiff kit to bolster the small boat-building skills and training component of the Cullen Sea School.

Cullen Sea School provides individuals of all ages with opportunities to work in small groups with skilled and knowledgeable volunteers from the local community in building skiffs. The purchase of a skiff kit will enable an increase in participation in the mid-week (for school pupils) and weekend boat-building classes (for all ages). It will also serve as the initial project for Cullen Sea School’s soon-to-be Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) accredited boat-building course, which will be introduced as part of the curriculum of Buckie Community High School.

Ashley Mowat, chairman said:

“The Three Harbours Association welcomes the Tesco Bags of Help bid which will see Cullen Sea School as one of the preferred charities in the Buckie store. Voting already started so I would encourage you all to go along and add a coin to support our traditional boatbuilding project.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit


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