Stirling Projects Urged to Apply for New Food & Drink Fund


Categories: Agriculture and Farming, Food and Drink, Local Business, SNP Scottish Government

Local Councillor Evelyn Tweed and Stirling MP Alyn Smith

Stirling MP Alyn Smith and local Councillor Evelyn Tweed MSP have urged food and drink projects in Stirling to apply for a new Scottish Government fund, launched to drive projects that celebrate locally sourced and produced food and drink. 

The Scotland Food & Drink Partnership was launched to help the sector with its recovery from COVID and prepare for Brexit, supported by £5 million from Scottish Government for 2020/21. An additional £50 million will be provided over 2021/22. 

Since 2018 the fund has awarded over £350,000 to 79 creative, innovative & collaborative projects across the regions of Scotland.

Grants of up to £5000 are available to applicants, and the deadline to apply is 15th March 2021. 

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘Scotland is home to some of the best food and drink in the world, and Stirling plays a proud part of that. The sector has faced an extremely difficult year, so this funding comes at an important time in contributing to recovery from Covid-19.

‘Between Brexit and COVID-19, there are very few food and drink businesses which haven’t been seriously affected – but it’s vital our food and drink industry keeps growing and bringing benefits to Scotland and Stirling.’

Local Councillor Evelyn Tweed said:

‘This money will play an important role in promoting food and drink in local communities and delivering benefits to Scotland’s local food and drink sector over the long-term.

 ‘I’d encourage all eligible groups and businesses in Stirling to apply before the deadline on 15th March.’


Who can apply?

  • individual businesses in the food and drink sector, including primary producers, on behalf of a collaborative group or project
  • regional and community groups (both rural and urban)
  • individuals on behalf of a collaborative group or project

The fund is specifically aimed at collaborative projects that:

  • Contribute to the food and drink sector’s recovery from Covid-19
  • Contribute to the promotion and sales of regional produce
  • Develop food tourism
  • Benefit a region or community, not just one business
  • Can be delivered by 31 December 2021
  • Celebrate local produce