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16/05/19 00:01

Supporting Scotland's produce

£104k to promote locally sourced food and drink. 

Funding has been granted to initiatives across Scotland to help celebrate Scotland’s regional food and drink industries.

A total of 23 projects will share £104,500 awarded via the Connect Local Regional Food Fund.

Grant recipients include the Annan Harbour Festival, the Glenkens Food Month, and the Skye Food and Drink Festival.

Commenting on the awards, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

“Providing funding to regional projects is just one of the ways we are supporting the industry’s ambition to raise the value of Scotland’s food and drink sector by 2030 to £30 billion.

“These grants are being provided in order to stimulate the growth of these great local food initiatives, and encourage more people to appreciate and enjoy our amazing local produce. By doing so we help our domestic markets to grow, supporting local economies, and providing consumers with access to healthy, locally-grown produce. 

“Reducing the number of miles food has to travel from farm to fork will also help us to achieve Scotland’s climate change ambitions.”

Ceri Ritchie, project manager, Connect Local, said:

“Once again, we’ve been impressed with the level and quality of applications to the fund. It’s clear that there is there is a great deal of energy for, and commitment to, developing regional food projects that benefit local communities. Our congratulations to all the recipients and we look forward to celebrating and promoting their successes over the coming months”

Background

The Connect Local Regional Food Fund (RFF) is a grant to support growth in Scotland’s local / regional food and drink sector.  This is a competitive fund and applicants can apply for grants up to a maximum of £5000. https://connectlocal.scot/regional-food-fund/

Table of recipients

Applicant Name

Grant Awarded (£)

Annan Harbour Festival

4000

Artisan Larder

5000

Berneray

1233

CLIMAVORE: Educate

5000

Deeside Local Food Festival

5000

East Lothian Food and Drink Ltd's Website Project

5000

East Neuk Salt Company

5000

Flowers to Food - Pollination in sustainable agriculture and retail

4881

Food Heritage Scotland Scoping Study

5000

Forres Feast

5000

Future Food in Fife

5000

Galloway

3750

Glenkens Food Month

5000

Mey Highland Games scio

5000

Micro-greens Expansion

2000

New Gin Festival

4000

Scottish Organic Produce Showcase

5000

Skye Food & Drink Festival

5000

Spirit of Alba Gin and Whisky Festival

5000

St Andrews Street Market

4500

Taste Islay & Jura

5000

The Crafty Drinks Experiment

5000

Turriff Show Food and Drink Pavilion

5000