How does Community Connect work for Good Cause Groups?



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Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest.  Applications will reopen in Summer 2020 for financial awards that will be made in Spring 2021.  If you would like to be sent a reminder, please email with your contact details.

What is it?

Community Connect is a ground breaking initiative which enables Scotmid members to give back to their Communities.

Community Connect is simple: Three Good Cause Groups from three Member Regions (North, East and West) will receive a financial award of up to £15,000 following a vote by Scotmid members.


Scotmid members collect one Community Connect vote every time they shop in store. They then use their votes to determine the size of the award that each Good Cause Group receives.

To help members make their decision the three Good Cause Groups attend Scotmid’s Member Meeting (either AGM in April or OGM in October) and present their idea to members. The group with the most votes receives £15,000 and the two runner-ups are awarded £5,000. Applications will reopen in summer 2020.

Which Community Groups can apply?

All Good Cause Groups who have a project or initiative that benefits Communities close to a Scotmid store are welcome to apply.  Applications will reopen in Summer 2020.  The financial awards will be made in Spring 2021.


Applicants must be:

  • An established Good Cause Group or Charity or part of a new group who have an idea which will enhance your local community

We’re looking for applications that:

  • Benefit the local community centred around Scotmid or Semichem stores
  • Have the greatest possible benefit to their community
  • Are scheduled to be completed within 24 months of the award date

The full terms and conditions for Groups thinking of applying can be found by clicking here.


How do Community Groups apply?

Applications are now closed but will reopen in Summer 2020.

Community Connect has two award cycles every year. Groups are chosen each April and September and we will let you know if you have been successful. Groups chosen in April will receive funding in September / October of that year.  Groups shortlisted in the September will receive funding in April of the following year. If you want to be sent a reminder when applications open, please email with your contact details.

Who decides which groups get awarded?

Three Good Cause Groups will be shortlisted by a panel of Scotmid representatives from all the applications received. The three shortlisted from each region will attend the relevant Member Meeting (OGM) in October 2020 to complete a short presentation. The final amount awarded to each shortlisted groups will be decided by Scotmid members at that meeting.

You can encourage anyone connected with your group to become a Scotmid member and begin collecting votes. It’s important to be aware that to attend the OGM members must join Scotmid at least three months before the date of the Membership Meeting in October and then must register to attend the meeting.  Members unable to attend their local member meeting will have a 2 week opportunity to assign their votes in-store before the OGM takes place.

What happens at the Membership Meetings if I am shortlisted?

Member meetings enable members to receive an update on the performance of the Society as well as voting on matters which affect the Society’s future. Community Connect will see three new elements added to the meeting – a presentation from each of the three shortlisted Good Cause Groups, the voting process to determine which groups gets each of the three financial awards available and the awarding of the funds.

What are my responsibilities if I am shortlisted?

The full list of responsibilities can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

Where can I get more information?

You can also contact the Community & Membership team on: or call us on 0131 335 4433

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who decides on the shortlist?

Three Scotmid members and three Scotmid employees will make the decision.

Do I have to be a member of Scotmid to apply for Community Connect?

No, however only members can collect and use votes.

When will I find out if my application has been shortlisted?

The shortlist will be announced in early April 2020.

To download a copy of Community Connect Good Cause Group Terms and Conditions please click here