Grant funding totalling £100,000 has been made available for food and drink businesses and projects in Scotland.
Grants of up to £5,000 from the Connect Local Regional Food Fund are available to support collaborative food and drink projects during their early stages.
“This fund has already played an important role in promoting and encouraging great local food initiatives. I am delighted a further £100,000 is now available to new collaborative businesses and projects to help promote Scotland’s world-leading food and drink sector,” said Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.
“Not only do these grants help local food initiatives and local economies grow, they also promote the importance of locally produced food and drink and the environmental benefits of sourcing produce close to home.”
Connect Local Project Manager Ceri Ritchie added: “The Regional Food Fund allows for vital support to help promote local food and drink in local communities.
“We are delighted to have additional funding in place so that we can continue to support regional events, networks and collaborative initiatives across the country, which we believe will deliver benefits to Scotland’s local food and drink sector over the long-term.”
Since 2018, the fund has awarded £259,000 to 57 projects across Scotland. The deadline to apply for this latest round is 8 December.