Scottish retailers have until the end of April to apply for a grant of up to £7,500 to install new food-to-go facilities in their premises.
The Scottish Government’s £250,000 capital investment programme is intended to support small independent grocers and must be match-funded by the retailer.
Announcing the launch in November last year the Scottish Government’s Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Food to Go stations offer a range of fresh hot and cold food and drink to customers and the Scottish Government-backed fund will provide small grants covering 50% of the cost of re-fitting the store, new equipment and displays as part of our efforts to support small businesses.
“Food to Go is fast becoming a growth market for many retailers but introducing the offer comes at an additional cost which can present a challenge to small independent grocers who are already operating on tight margins. This competitive fund will provide some much-needed support to those who want to diversify and expand their offer to consumers. It will also provide a great opportunity to further showcase the best of Scottish produce and encourage a shift towards healthier options”.
Retailers can apply for the funding via the Scottish Grocers’ Federation website, www.scottishshop.org.uk