How Does Community Connect Work?


Community Connect is an initiative which enables Scotmid members living in the Lakes & Dales to decide how funding will be distributed in their communities. Applications are now open!

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

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Scotmid members living in the Lakes and Dales area collect one Community Connect vote every time they shop in store. They then vote for their preferred project. The group with the most votes receives £5,000 and the two other winners are awarded £2,000.

Which Community Groups can apply?

We welcome applications from Good Cause groups covering the Lakes and Dales trading area, you don’t need to be a registered charity.

Our trading areas are:




Seaton Delaval



St Johns Chapel


Applicants must be:

  • An established Good Cause Group or Charity 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 a community centred around a Lakes and Dales store
  • Are scheduled to be completed within 24 months of the award date

The full terms and conditions for Groups thinking of applying.

When do Community Groups apply?

Community Connect has two award cycles every year, three groups are chosen twice a year.

How do Community Groups apply?

Good Cause Groups can apply via our online form, we encourage you to read the full terms and conditions before doing so.

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.  Up to six long listed groups will then be invited to attend a short meeting to discuss their application in a little more detail.

Following this meeting, three 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 final amount awarded to each shortlisted group will be decided by members living in the Lakes and Dales area.

You can encourage anyone connected with your group to become a member, join in-store and begin collecting votes.

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?

A panel consisting of Society 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 final three shortlisted groups will be announced shortly after this meeting.