Applications open for Community Connect Funding

Stuart McMillan MSP is encouraging local groups to apply for Scotmid’s next round of Community Connect Funding to be in with the chance of receiving up to £15,000.

This funding initiative enables Scotmid members to give back to their communities by allowing them to vote for three Good Cause Groups from Scotmid’s West Member Region, as Scotmid members collect one Community Connect vote every time they shop in a Scotmid store. They then use their votes to determine the size of the award that the three shortlisted Good Cause Groups receive.

To help members make their decision, the three Good Cause Groups attend Scotmid’s Membership Meeting and present their idea to members. The group with the most votes receives £15,000, and the runner-up and third place receive £7,500 and £2,500, respectively.

Applying groups must be established Good Cause Groups or Charities, or alternatively be part of a new collaborative group who have an idea to enhance their local community.

They’re particularly keen for applications from groups whose plans will bring benefits to the local community centred around Scotmid or Semichem stores, have the greatest possible benefit to their community, and are scheduled to be completed within 24 months of the award date. The full terms and conditions for groups considering applying could be found here.

Applications for this round of Community Connect are now open (forms are available online here) and will close at 5pm on Friday 17th August 2018. The funding will be decided and awarded at Scotmid’s AGM in April 2019.

For more information on Community Connect and how the funding is allocated, please visit Scotmid’s website.

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