Tesco announced in October it would use funds raised from the new 5p carrier bag levy to pay for green space improvement projects such as pocket parks and community gardens, as voted by the community.
The fund is being administered by environmental improvement charity Groundwork, along with Greenspace Scotland in Scotland.
However the tight deadline and some of the eligibility criteria means some strong projects had not been put forward for funding, according to a newsletter from Greenspace Scotland.
The requirement for projects to be open access had excluded some sites such as those based on school grounds, housing estates or community facilities such as allotments and hospices. The criteria has now been opened up to include these areas as long as they are beneficial to the community and free (i.e. there is no charge) for access.
Project completions can now take up to 12 months, and while landowner permission will still be required a signed form is not needed at this stage.Community groups can click here to apply for funding by noon on 11 December. Applications will be shortlisted to a final three in each Tesco store region, and customers will be able to vote in-store from 30 January to choose their favourite projects.