Funding for regional food and drink projects.
Local food and drink projects are being encouraged to apply for funding from the Scottish Government’s Regional Food Fund.
The latest round of funding of up to £100,000 is now available for businesses and groups who wish to promote regional food products and establish new markets.
The Fund is designed to support the development of regional food and drink products across Scotland. It has supported a range of projects including The Shetland Seafood Provenance Scheme, The Bute Kitchen Retail Project and the Clyde Island Gin Passport.
Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands Secretary Mairi Gougeon said:
“The Regional Food Fund is an excellent opportunity for local businesses, producers and community groups to showcase the best products that their regions have to offer.
“It has already provided over £650,000 to more than 140 projects across the country and I’d encourage anyone who is interested to apply.
“The Fund is part of our wider Good Food Nation plans. These ambitious proposals will seek improve the availability of local, high quality food whilst also ensuring our food industry continues to grow in a way that is profitable and sustainable.”
Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink Fiona Richmond said:
“With this being the fourth round of the Regional Food Fund, we’re looking forward to reviewing a variety applications. In the past, we’ve supported everything from food and drink festivals to farm vending machines, online ‘buy local’ campaigns to extensive collaboration opportunities showing the quality of produce and the journey from field to fork.
“The fund encourages collaboration within regions and the supply chain, highlighting unique food and drink stories and experiences for us all to enjoy.
"The desire for local produce is strong, and we are proud to continue our support of regional food and drink initiatives.”
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 24 November 2023.
The fund allows for a maximum of £5000 to be bid for within any application.
The fund will be administered and managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by Scotland Food & Drink, and an independent assessment panel will be established to discuss the applications and determine suitability for funding.
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
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