Ross-shire businesses are being urged to tap share of new £1m fund aimed at helping encourage people to spend locally
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A ROSS_SHIRE MSP has urged projects in Dingwall and the Black Isle to apply for a new £1 million fund to help promote town centres and online businesses and encourage people to spend locally.
Grants of between £500 and £5000 will be given out as part of the Scotland Loves Local scheme, which aims to enable visitors and residents to safely shop, eat and relax within communities.
The funding will support small-scale improvements that will help motivate people to shop, eat and relax within their community whilst ensuring public health safety. It can be used for measures such as protective screens, physical distancing markers, hand sanitising equipment and PPE.
Kate Forbes, constituency MSP for Dingwall and the Black Isle said: “It’s now more important than ever to consider shopping locally and supporting the brilliant local businesses in Dingwall and the Black Isle. Businesses need us right now, after months of trying to survive during lockdown.
“The Scotland Loves Local campaign provides grants of between £500 and £5,000 and 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 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.”
The funding is being provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership.
Applications to the fund are now open and close on Friday 25 November 2020. It is anticipated that grants will be allocated to successful applicants within a month of the fund launching.
More information can befound here .