MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse Christina McKelvie has urged food and drink projects in South Lanarkshire 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. 

MSP Christina McKelvie said: 

“Our world-class food and drink sector has faced an extremely challenging year, so this funding - which will contribute to its recovery from Covid-19 - comes at an important time.

“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 Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse.

“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 Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse to apply before the deadline on 15th March.”