As reported by the Barnsley News & Sport on 18th January 2017 and Barnsley Chronicle on 20th January 2017.
Michael is encouraging local groups to cash in on a supermarket charity scheme.
Tesco uses the money raised from the 5p levy on single-use plastic bags to fund its “Bags of Help” project that awards grants to community projects across the country.
Under the retail giant’s scheme, administered by environmental charity Groundwork, projects that promote community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces can apply for grants.
Every month, three projects in each area will get a grant based on the number of votes that customers cast in their local Tesco by putting a token in a box.
The scheme with the most votes will get up to £5,000, with up to £2,000 available for second place and up to £1,000 for the scheme coming third.
Michael recently visited the Tesco at Stairfoot to promote efforts to support local food banks in Barnsley.
Among the local projects that could apply for an award are Milefield School Community Farm Project which is aiming to raise money to buy two Alpaca sheep.
Michael said: “These are difficult times for anyone in Barnsley trying to raise money for community projects. Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme is a great way of improving and conserving some of our outdoor spaces.
“Shoppers can have their say on where the money should go by casting their votes and local projects could get some badly needed funds, whether it’s £5,000 or a few hundred pounds.”