Shopping Locally: Supporting Businesses & Communities

A Scottish Government fund has opened to encourage shopping locally in our communities.

Commenting Highlands and Islands local MSP Maree Todd, SNP said:

“We all have a role to play in Scotland’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s now more important than ever to consider shopping locally and supporting the brilliant local businesses here in the Highlands & Islands.

“The Scotland Loves Local campaign – which will provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 – encourages people to think how they can safely support people to shop, eat and relax within their community whilst ensuring public health safety.

“This £1 million fund, delivered by the Scottish Government, is an exciting opportunity for local projects and locally-based online businesses to support town centres and promote their local community. 

“This new fund will be a real boost for communities across the Highlands & Islands.”

Click on this link to access information and the application: SCOTLAND LOVES LOCAL FUND: APPLICATION FORM AND GUIDANCE

The Scottish Government are inviting eligible groups to develop projects to improve and promote their local place and communities. This can include making small scale local improvements and supporting localised responses in town and settlement centres

The £1million fund can provide amounts from between £500 and £5,000.

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The fund will support local communities to adapt safe measures to allow shopping and spending to continue in light of the limitations imposed due to Covid19.

The application closes on Friday November 25th.


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  1. If you need some good outdoor clothing for the coming winter, Birsay Farmers are very helpful….

    I needed new wellie socks, I emailed, saying what I was after, they answered with the options they have, with prices and what P&P would be. I ordered, they were here the next day! And – they’re cosy.

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