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 NameGrant Awarded (£)
Annan Harbour Festival4000
Artisan Larder5000
Berneray1233
CLIMAVORE: Educate5000
Deeside Local Food Festival5000
East Lothian Food and Drink Ltd’s Website Project5000
East Neuk Salt Company5000
Flowers to Food – Pollination in sustainable agriculture and retail4881
Food Heritage Scotland Scoping Study5000
Forres Feast5000
Future Food in Fife5000
Galloway3750
Glenkens Food Month5000
Mey Highland Games scio5000
Micro-greens Expansion2000
New Gin Festival4000
Scottish Organic Produce Showcase5000
Skye Food & Drink Festival5000
Spirit of Alba Gin and Whisky Festival5000
St Andrews Street Market4500
Taste Islay & Jura5000
The Crafty Drinks Experiment5000
Turriff Show Food and Drink Pavilion5000