Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund Opens New Round

Administered by VisitScotland, the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) is a platform which will provide leverage for additional and focused investment, stimulate collaboration, build capacity within communities and meet the Scottish Government’s commitment to addressing climate change and the transition of Scotland to a low carbon society.

A further £3 million has been announced by the Scottish Government for a third round of funding in 2020. 

RTIF will continue to support collaborative projects that focus on improving the visitor experience in rural parts of Scotland that have faced pressure on their infrastructure or negative impacts on communities due to significant increases in visitor numbers but will also look forward to address anticipated future pinch points as a result of growth initiatives such as route development, major events, the rise in cruise arrivals, film and TV production as well as the continued growth in the motorhome sector.

Local Authorities and National Park Authorities can apply for funding.  However, Community Groups and other agencies can apply to their Local Authority or National Park if they have an eligible project. 

Awards are available from £75,000 up to a maximum of £375,000.

The Fund can provide applicants with support up to 70% of approved project activity.

A small amount of RTIF funding will be made available to applicants approved at EOI stage to support design and facilitate the planning process. This will be available up to maximum of £5,000 based on a maximum 50% intervention rate.

Applications should be submitted by 22 January 2020.

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