The first round of grants to promote Scottish produce have been announced, as part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Regional Food Fund’. The fund provides support for regionally-based businesses and projects, who traditionally can struggle to attract funding.

A total of £65,000 has been awarded to 15 projects across the length and breadth of Scotland and, in welcoming the announcement, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:
“We are very fortunate in this country to have some of the most diverse, instantly recognisable ‘regionalised’ food and drink in the world – such as Shetland Lamb, Stornoway Black Pudding, Orkney Cheese and of course whiskies from various regions – to name just a few.

“So I am delighted to be able to announce the recipients of the first round of awards as part of the Regional Food Fund, which I announced as open back in June. It’s one of this government’s key Programme for Government commitments to promote locally sourced and produced food, and I’m sure that the success of these producers will help to bolster regional economies and ensures that local food and drink continues to be produced in the area it originates from – which can be integral to a product’s identity.

“And it’s fitting that we can announce the successful applicants during Food and Drink Fortnight – the annual celebration of Scotland’s food and drink sector.”

Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink, said:

“Food and drink is a national success story and central to Scotland’s economy and, as such, we are delighted announce the first recipients of the Regional Food Fund alongside the Scottish Government and Connect Local. Not only will this provide funding to those who normally struggle to find it, but provide real benefit to many local producers and strengthen the collaborative efforts of businesses countrywide.”

Ceri Ritchie, Connect Local Project Manager and Sector Manager for Food and Drink at SAC Consulting, commented:

“Connect Local is delighted to be delivering the The Regional Food Fund, which allows for vital support to help promote local food and drink in local communities and across Scotland. This means funding for regional events, networks and collaborative initiatives in their early stages, who might have found it difficult to attract previously.

“We reviewed some fantastic applications and are pleased to award funding to 15 projects in this first round, which we believe will deliver benefits to Scotland’s local food and drink sector over the long-term.”


Applicant NameGrant Awarded (£)
ABC and Beyond5000
Argyll Food Assembly Development5000
BOWFest 20182000
Dumfries Farmers Market Development Project5000
Farmer Jones Academy CIC5000
Forth Marine Resource Marketing Plan4000
Local Food on Local Plates1000
Newmilns Festival Weekend4956
Platform Independent Food Market5000
Refreshing Arbroath3883
Roots to Market5000
Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink5000
Great Perthshire Picnic5000
Stirling Local Food Online5000
The Pitt Indoor Space5000