Latest Community Connect Groups Announced

The in-store voting window is NOW LIVE – please present your Community Connect card at the till at the store and confirm which good cause group you wish to vote for – the deadline is 10pm on Sunday 22 September.

Nine Scottish charities and good causes from across Scotland have been shortlisted to receive a share of £75,000 as part of Scotmid Co-operative’s Community Connect initiative which supports some of Scotland’s most valued community projects.

The £75,000 investment are divided into three £25,000 pots for causes in the East, West and North regions, will see one charity in each area awarded £15,000 and the two runners-up £5,000 each.

The charities are now asking for the support of their community to vote for them to receive the top prize of £15,000.

The causes that have been shortlisted are:

  • East
    • Carers of West Lothian
    • Richmond’s Hope
    • SANDS Lothian
  • West 
    • The Haven
    • Strathcarron Hospice
    • Ronald Macdonald House Glasgow
  • North
    • Brechin City Hall Users Group
    • Highland Hospice
    • Kincardine and Deeside Befriending

Scotmid members will decide on how the pot of £25,000 is awarded.  The group with the most votes will receive £15,000 and the two runners-up will each receive £5,000.  Scotmid members can cast their votes in store from the 8th – 22nd September or attend their local Ordinary General Meeting in Edinburgh on Monday 30 September or Bellshill or Brechin on Tuesday 1 October.

Since Community Connect launched two years ago, 27 good cause groups have benefited from £230,000 funding. The funds come solely from the sale of single-use carrier bags and aim to help charities, community projects and good cause groups across Scotland to keep their doors open and continue the valuable work they do within communities.

John Brodie, Chief Executive of Scotmid, said: “We are passionate about supporting local causes which are close to the hearts and minds of our members, customers and staff and are thrilled to have such worthy causes nominated to receive our latest round of Community Connect funding.”

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