The Co-operative announced how it plans to distribute the money raised from the carrier bag levy in Scotland, and are asking local causes or community groups to apply online for the possibility of gaining a share of the £750,000 that is available. It is envisaged that close to 1,000 organisations and groups will receive grants of between £200 and £2,500.
Causes can be nominated online until midnight on Wednesday 7th October. Between 16th November and 11th December over one million Co-op members in Scotland will vote from the shortlist of organisations on how the fund will benefit local communities.
“We have some fantastic community groups in East Kilbride, and this is a great opportunity for them to apply for grants that can make a difference in the community.
“By all accounts, the carrier bag levy has been a great success, with the number of bags being issued in Scotland dropping dramatically.
“In the final quarter of the year following the introduction of the 5p charge being introduced, bag usage dropped by 129 million compared with the previous year. Clearly, the statistics speak for themselves.
“Now communities will start to also reap the benefits of the policy, with funding opportunities such as this from the Co-op.
“I urge local groups to apply. With three organisations from each community in Scotland being shortlisted for the final vote, everyone is in with a great chance of obtaining some funding.”