Projects that celebrate locally sourced and produced food and drink are being encouraged to apply for SNP Government funding.
The Regional Food Fund aims to support the food and drink sector’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic with £110,000 of funding.
The fund, managed by Scotland Food & Drink, provides grants of up to £5,000 to applicants across the country.
Last year the fund was allocated across 42 projects, including £5,000 for each of the folowing:
Trails to promote and connect food and drink businesses across Ayrshire, Arran, Cumbrae and Bute.
Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce for creation of online platform to promote food and drink producers across Ayrshire.
Arran Food and Drink to Market project Regional food group of 40 Arran food and drink businesses and organisations.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“The SNP Government is committed to supporting and promoting Ayrshire and Scotland’s local produce, which is some of the finest in the world.
“Since its launch in 2018, the Regional Food Fund has provided over £550,000 to 121 projects, and this additional funding will support many more projects and initiatives.
“If you think your group or business may be eligible, make sure you apply for this year’s Regional Food Fund by Monday 09 May.”
Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink, said:
“The Regional Food Fund has already played an important role in promoting food and drink in local communities and delivering benefits to Scotland’s local food and drink sector over the long-term.
“It’s great to see the fund reopen and continuing to promote and encourage great local food initiatives by supporting regional activities, networks and collaborative initiatives across the country.”
Who can apply?
Individual businesses in the food and drink sector, including primary producers, on behalf of a collaborative group or project
Regional and community groups (both rural and urban)
Individuals on behalf of a collaborative group or project