£104k to promote locally sourced food and drink

Published Wednesday, 22nd May 2019 in SAC Consulting news

Promote locally sourced food and drink
Grants are being provided to stimulate the growth of local food initiatives

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.

Connect Local is delivered in partnership between SAC Consulting (part of Scotland’s Rural College), SAOS, Scotland Food & Drink and Seafood Scotland.

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.”

SAC Consulting’s Ceri Ritchie, Connect Local project manager, 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.”

The Connect Local Regional Food Fund (RFF) is a grant to support growth in Scotland’s local/regional food and drink sector. Grants up to a maximum of £5000 are available.

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