How does Community Connect work for Good Cause Groups?


What is it?

Community Connect is a ground breaking initiative which enables Scotmid members living in the Lakes & Dales area to give back to their Communities.



Community Connect is simple: Three Good Cause Groups one from each of the three geographic areas covering the Lakes and Dales area (Cumbria, Weardale and Northumberland) will receive a financial award of up to £5,000 following a vote by Scotmid members.  The two runner-up groups will each receive £2,000.

There are two funding cycles each calendar year.

Applications open on 29th July 2019 – for awards made in May 2020.  Applications re-open in January 2020 for awards made in October 2020.


Scotmid members living in the Lakes and Dales area 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 Member Community Information Meeting and present their idea to members. The group with the most votes receives £5,000 and the two runner-ups are awarded £2,000.

Which Community Groups can apply?

Applications are now open and we welcome applications from Good Cause groups covering the Lakes and Dales trading area.  In particular we welcome applications covering the following areas:




Seaton Delaval



St Johns Chapel


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
  • Have a clear project or idea on how the funds will be spent

We’re looking for applications that:

  • Benefit the local community centered around a Lakes and Dales store
  • 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.

How do Community Groups apply?

Applications are now openCommunity Connect has two award cycles every year. Three groups will be chosen in October – the financial award will be made in May 2020.  Applications will then reopen in January 2020 – the award will then be made in October 2020.

Who decides which groups get awarded?

All applications that meet the criteria will be considered by a panel of Members and Lakes and Dales staff.  6 long listed groups will then be invited to attend a short meeting to discuss their application in a little more detail. The meeting will take place on 19 October 2019 at the Gilsland Hall Hotel in Brampton, Cumbria.

Following this meeting Three Good Cause Groups will be shortlisted by the panel – one group from each of the geographical areas served by our Lakes and Dales stores (Cumbria Weardale and Northumberland). The three shortlisted groups will be asked to attend the Member Community Information Meeting in May 2020 to deliver a short presentation. The final amount awarded to each shortlisted groups will be decided by Scotmid members living in the Lakes and Dales area.

You can encourage anyone connected with your group to become a Scotmid member and begin collecting votes.

What happens at the Member Information Community Meetings if I am shortlisted?

Member Information Community meetings enable members to receive an update on the performance of the Society. Also at this meeting, we would like members to meet and chat to the three shortlisted groups before the meeting starts, hear a brief presentation from the groups, find out about initiatives in the Lakes and Dales area, and we hope to introduce a practical aspect to the meeting.  This may be a first aid demonstration or training on how to perform CPR / operate a defibrillator etc.

At the end of the meeting the financial awards will be announced and presented.

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?

Our Frequently Asked Questions section below will give you more information.

You can also contact the Membership team on:


Phone: 0131 335 4433

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who decides on the shortlist?

Scotmid members living in the Lakes and Dales area and Lakes and Dales 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?

If your group is one of the 6 long listed groups you will be invited to attend a brief, informal meeting to discuss your application. The meeting will take place on 19 October 2019 at the Gilsland Hall Hotel in Brampton, Cumbria.

The final three shortlisted groups will be announced shortly after this meeting.

Download a copy of Community Connect Good Cause Group Terms and Conditions.