Community Connect Shortlist 2021

Introducing the charities and good cause groups shortlisted to share £75,000 Community Connect funding.


CCLASP (Children with Cancer & Leukaemia Advice & Support for Parents) have provide vital support for families living with a child with cancer for the last 25 years. They offer families respite holidays at their cottage in Muthill. These holidays provide an oasis of peace for families at their darkest of times and any funds will be used to keep this amazing offering open to families needing a break.

Based in Leith for the last 10 years Citadel Arts Group stimulates and expresses the creativity of older people through stories, memory books and lively dramas helping to celebrate the history of Leith. Funding would be used to create audio plays inspired by the stories to entertain the whole community.

Venture Scotland empowers and supports young people in Edinburgh aged 16-30 who are struggling with their mental health. They use an intensive 12-month personal development programme based in the outdoors including wilderness residentials at a Bothy to boost positive changes and self-esteem. Funding would allow vulnerable young people to access these services.


Fintry Community Garden believe everyone needs a green space, where people from all walks of life can enjoy a shared garden. Seeking funding to add a multi-purpose building to the site.

Dundee Bairns was established with the purpose of providing free meals to children. They  wish to implement a programme of Bairns Tea Clubs within primary schools in areas of multiple deprivation.

Aberdeen Foyer supports people towards independent living, learning and work.  They wish to upgrade the kitchen within their Marywell Centre to deliver cooking sessions for those most at risk of food insecurity


PLUS (Forth Valley) is a charity who works with children and young people who have a disability and/or severe and complex learning and health needs. They also provide information and support to families. The funding will help with the the coordination and cost of providing high quality play and learning activities

Beatson Cancer Charity provides a wide range of support, care and treatment to people living with cancer and their families across the west of Scotland. The funds will be used to support their hairdressing and wig-fitting service within The Beatson, and local hospital settings.

Back to Schoolbank East Renfrewshire is run by a small team of dedicated volunteers, the charity provides brand new school uniform, clothing and other essential items, to children and their families in the local area. The funds will be used to purchase a range of Summer and Winter school clothing and provide financial security for their premises

Selection process is underway in Lakes & Dales.

Scotmid’s Community Connect funding was launching in 2017. Since then more than £385,000 has been awarded to 39 good cause groups in local areas.

Find out more about Community Connect, including how to apply for the next round of funding, here.

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