Vote for Ancora at Tesco!

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The Ancora Project is in the running for a grant from the Tesco Community Grants initiative. Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every community 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.

In Oldham, Ancora is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The Ancora Project provides fast, often immediate help, to people facing hardship crisis. It is run by KeyRing, Oldham Foodbank and Christians Against Poverty. Ancora can provide emergency food and fuel vouchers, ongoing support with a crisis, and runs Life Skills and Money Management courses.

"For many Ancora is the service that prevents the lives of people in crisis from tipping over into a severe, often catastrophic stage. It is also the service which has helped people, many who have already fallen over the brink, to return to mainstream society; people who are homeless, misusing drugs and those who have spent time in prison." - Suzy Pabla, KeyRing

You can vote for Ancora in Oldham branches of Tesco throughout July, August and September.

Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already awarded over £96 million to more than 46,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. By funding services which support young people and reduce food poverty, we hope to facilitate positive change from the ground up across the UK. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities, particularly those helping to provide food and giving children the support they need for a good start in life. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

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