Charities from across the East of Scotland have been invited to apply for a share of £25,000 to put towards their local cause as part of Scotmid Co-operative’s Community Connect initiative before 22 March. 

A panel will shortlist entrants to just three applicants who will then be invited to attend a Scotmid Member Meeting and present their idea to Members. The winning group will receive an investment of £15,000, and the runners-up each receiving £5,000. 

The community can get behind the initiative by casting their vote by using their Scotmid Co-operative Community Connect card*. Votes will also be cast for the final three applicants at the Member Region’s AGM in April and the Annual General Meeting in October.

Since the initiative was launched in Scotmid’s North Member Region in 2017, over £155,000 has been awarded to 18 good cause groups enabling key projects to come to life in local areas.

Applications should be made via the Scotmid website by Friday 22 March. 

Chief Executive, John Brodie, said: “Our core purpose is to serve our local communities and improve people’s everyday lives and Community Connect helps not only bring communities together but brings projects to life that are at the heart of those communities. We look forward to introducing the next cycle of short-listed groups to our members.”

Last year’s winners included Blood Bikes Scotland, who were awarded £15,000 of funding, Prestonpans- based Harlawhill Day Care Centre and West Lothian’s Broxburn Family Centre, who were awarded £7,500 and £2,500 respectively.

Applications can be submitted here.

*About Community Connect card: Every time a Scotmid Co-operative member shops in a Scotmid Food store they can scan their Community Connect Card to receive one Community Connect vote.

Members then register and attend our twice yearly member meetings to cast their votes to allocate awards of up to £15,000 to three Good Cause Groups.