Grants for Scotland’s Convenience Stores Selling Locally Sourced Produce

Funding is available for independent retailers and convenience stores in Scotland.

The SGF Go Local project aims to support independent retailers and convenience stores throughout Scotland to provide dedicated, long term display space for locally sourced Scottish products, with a bias towards fresh and healthy, coupled with enhanced consumer engagement.

The programme enables stores to support local, Scottish producers and give these businesses a route to market to help with the recovery and regrowth from COVID-19.

Retailers can now apply for up to £5,500 (any funding offered must be matched by the retailer) to install a new dedicated locally sourced proposition in-store. The funds will support with upgrading local offerings and the associated marketing costs.

Outlets that took part in the initial pilot saw a 40% increase in sales of local products and delivered additional local economic benefits in excess of £159,000 per store.

All Scottish convenience retailers may apply, however, multi-site operators will be limited to one application per company.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2022. (Subject to the number of applications received, the window may be extended.)

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)