Regional Food Fund

Get information about the fund and discover how to apply

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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.

This fund will support initiatives and projects in Scotland which celebrate and promote locally sourced and produced food and drink, in line with the priorities of Ambition 2030.  The fund is for collaborative projects where groups of producers and food & drink businesses benefit from these initiatives and projects are expected to deliver benefits over the long-term.

Please ensure you read the Guidance Notes before submitting your application to assess your eligibility.



Application Process
  1. Complete and submit the Application Form, below, by the submission deadline.
  2. Applications will be reviewed by a panel that will meet three times per annum over the next two years.* The panel will meet approximately 4 weeks after the submission deadline.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision within two weeks of the panel meeting and successful applicants will receive a grant contract to sign and return along with bank details.
  4. Successful applications will receive 50% of the funding upon completion of the aforementioned contract and the balance of funding will be paid upon project completion; and the receipt and approval of a final project report.
Submission Deadline – Fourth Round (to be advised)

The submission deadline for the fourth panel is to be advised.

The date upon which the results of this panel shall be announced is forthcoming.

Future Submission Deadlines and Panel Meetings*

Applications can be submitted at any time but the application process closes on the submission deadline.  All submission deadlines will be highlighted on the Connect Local website.  An indication of proposed future submission deadlines is as follows:

  • November 2019 (actual date to be confirmed)
  • March 2020 (actual date to be confirmed)

*Please note that if the RFF budget is exhausted earlier than expected the number of panels may be reduced.

Guidance Notes

Panel Hints & Tips

Application Questions

Application Form

Following a huge demand for the fund, please note that we are unable to accept new applications at the moment.  Information about potential future rounds will be announced here in due course. Meanwhile, thank you for your interest and if you have any questions please contact