After the impact of the Coronavirus and its impact on Scotland’s high street’s a new fund has been devised to help bounce back our local communities.
The Scottish Town’s Partnership have launched the Scotland Loves Local campaign as a result, and now its fund has come to Highland Perthshire.
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said: “We’re delighted that this funding will bring some brilliant projects across Perth and Kinross to life.
“Whether by supporting local businesses in person or online, money that’s spent locally stays local for longer. Each of these schemes will provide another reason for people to embrace local life.
“We hope these grants will be a great Christmas present to all those benefiting as we encourage everyone to safely support their local businesses, however, they can during the critical festive shopping period.”
Now ten organisations £1,300 and £5,000 as part of the initiative to boost towns and villages like Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld and more.
The Perth and Kinross council received £5,000 for their ‘Christmas shopping local campaign’.
To help ‘Track and trace app roll out to Perth and Kinross businesses’, the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce also received £5,000.
And helping promote the local economy, Visit Aberfeldy, received £1,449 in funding.
The Blair Atholl Tourism Association were another to receive £4,000 to develop new ‘signage, community platform and the creation of Green Plan.’
£4,750 pounds has gone towards the community garden for the Blairgowrie & Rattray Development Trust.
Another £5,000 is going to helping the Rannoch Community Trust develop the disused education centre into a community hub.
GrowBiz Scotland is receiving £5,000 as part of their ‘Rural enterprise support scheme; directory; giftcard; enterprise support.’
Crieff’s own Creative Crieff are looking to connect the community with Radio Earn with the £5,000 donation.
Handam is also going to supporting the neighbour food market with £1,519 of funding.
And finally. The Heartland Radio Foundation are another recipient of £5,000 to continue our quality broadcasting.
Although a lot of this funding is going towards no profits which might appear counter intuitive to the initiate.
But policy communications executive, Ewan Robertson, explained: “these organisations which of course know their area, often better than anyone, who bring people together, whether they are volunteers and local expertise, and really have the ideas and creativity in what can make a difference in a community and town centre.”
Scotland’s Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “I am pleased to see our £1 million Scotland Loves Local Fund has reached hundreds of community projects across Scotland.
“This is a unique chance for our local communities to improve towns and promote them as better places to live – an opportunity to use the funding to unlock some brilliant creativity. This fund will empower communities by supporting local delivery of projects, to help our towns to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Over the festive season and beyond, I want to encourage our communities to ‘love local’ and remind everyone that money spent locally is more likely to stay in the local economy and support local jobs. We all have a part to play in Scotland’s economic recovery and can do so, whilst we look out for one another and follow the FACTS guidance.”