One Stop has launched a new ‘Carriers for Causes’ funding scheme in which community groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for local projects.

Money raised from the government’s 5p carrier bag charge in England will be used by One Stop to fund local community projects across the UK. The scheme will be administered by environmental charity Groundwork.

Applicant groups must be based within two miles of a One Stop store to ensure the money is going back into their customers’ local community.

Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork UK, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside One Stop stores and customers to fund thousands of community projects across the UK.

“There are so many benefits to be gained from making sure our communities have the means to come together and create something special in their local area. It enables communities to be cleaner, safer, more engaged and most importantly, ensures that they are stronger as people get to know their neighbours better as they have more opportunities to meet and interact.”

Supporting POS and digital activation will be provided to retailers to showcase where the money has been spent and how it’s made a difference throughout the year. Stores will be encouraged to work with the local press to raise awareness of the project being funded in their area.