One in a Million : Tesco relaunches €1 million Community Fund available for local communities across Ireland

One in a Million : Tesco relaunches €1 million Community Fund available for local communities across Ireland
14-3-22 Picture shows (back row) Mick Rochford - Aoibeann’s Pink Tie; and Michael Loughman - Sleep out Cavan; and (front row) Hugh Stephens - Ashbournes Men’s Shed; Rosemary Garth, Communications Director, Tesco Ireland; and Karen O’ Sullivan - Irish Community Rapid Response at this year’s launch of Tesco Community Fund. The Tesco Community Fund supports local good causes in communities across Ireland with €1 million worth of donations being made available to local good causes in 2022. Since 2014, Tesco has supported over 21,000 community projects nationwide - including schools, animal shelters, sports groups, elderly care centres, health organisations and much more - with €6 million in donations to date. Pic:Naoise Culhane-no fee

Tesco Ireland is calling on local community groups to apply to become ‘One in a Million’ as it relaunches its long-established and much-loved Community Fund programme for 2022, with €1 million being made available to local causes across Ireland this year.

The Tesco Community Fund provides financial support to good causes and community groups that matter most to its colleagues, customers, and communities across Ireland. For 2022, the Tesco Community Fund will focus on four key themes of Community Development, Food, Children and Health to showcase the incredible work local causes do for their communities.

Tesco is celebrating the local heroes who have made a positive difference in communities up and down the country – those who are truly one in a million. The past two years has been incredibly challenging for local community groups, yet community leaders and volunteers in towns all over Ireland rose to the challenge to provide important support services and activities that help build and main connections and improve people’s lives every day.

The new and improved Community Fund initiative sees the return of the familiar blue tokens, which are now made from fully recyclable materials, to Tesco stores nationwide. Each time a customer shops in a Tesco store, they can vote for their preferred cause to receive funding using the blue tokens. At the end of the twelve-week campaign, votes are counted and up to €2,000 is shared between three local groups.  

Speaking at the relaunch of the  Tesco Community Fund, Rosemary Garth, Communications Director, Tesco Ireland said: “We’re incredibly proud to have helped over 21,000 community projects across the country over the last eight years. We know how important Community Fund donations are to local organisations including purchasing sports kits, enabling senior citizen supports, helping to maintain their premises, and supporting the purchase of much-needed equipment at a local level.

“As we approach 25 years of operating in Ireland this year, we are delighted to confirm that this year’s total fund donation is €1 million. It’s humbling to see the outstanding work done by these incredible causes; they are truly one in a million. We hope Tesco customers throughout Ireland will show their support and vote for their local causes across the four key themes of Tesco Community Fund 2022.”

Now entering its eighth year, the Community Fund campaign continues to provide vital support to community groups across Ireland. To nominate a community group or good cause applications can be submitted via the Tesco online application form online.

Launched in 2014, the Tesco Community Fund is a platform through which each Tesco store can provide financial support to good causes within its local community. Since its introduction, Tesco has donated over €6 million to over 21,000 local community projects nationwide.