COMMUNITY groups and charities in Braintree can put their name forward for extra funding thanks to a supermarket scheme.

Tesco's Bags of Helps project sees a combined total of £6m given to good causes across the country each year.

The scheme runs in Braintree and will see grants worth £2,000, £1,000 and £500 awarded to 12 nominated groups or charities.

Money for the scheme is raised through the sale of reusable Bags for Life in Tesco stores across the country.

Customers will decide where the money goes, casting their votes for shortlisted charities using blue tokens handed out in stores.

Keith Jackson, Bags of Help Manager at Tesco, said: "From projects to improve community spaces to groups looking for support with community events, purchasing new equipment and funding coaches, we encourage you to nominate and apply, and get involved in this fantastic scheme.

"Bags of Help has provided more than £80 million of funding to more than 27,000 local community projects to date, and there is so much more we want to help groups to achieve."