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Independent retailers in Scotland can apply for a grant of up to £5,500 per store from the SGF Go Local programme, funded by the Scottish government.

The project aims to support 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’.

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

The grant is open to all Scottish convenience retailers. However, multi-site operators will be limited to one application per company.

The application process opened on March 1 and will close on the on May 31, 2022.

The grants for successful applicants will be released on the completion of the agreed work, which must be completed within nine months of grant approval.

Rural Affairs cabinet secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “I am pleased to see the success of the Go Local programme and to provide further Scottish government support for its third phase, which will give a boost to the convenience sector and help consumers access more of the fresh, quality produce they demand from our fantastic food and drink producers.

“The Scottish government is committed to supporting local convenience stores and Scottish food and drink producers, who play a vital role in the local economy and the communities in which they operate.”

To apply for a grant, click on the link here and complete the online application form.

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