The Scottish Government is inviting Scottish food and drink suppliers to apply for the latest funding round as part of the annual Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation Grant Scheme (FPMC).
A total of £10.2 million is available in this financial year to support initiatives that will safeguard jobs and increase efficiency within the sector.
Applicants to the scheme will be asked to demonstrate the benefits their project will provide to the local economy. This includes shortening supply chains, increased use of local produce and markets and benefits to the wider local economy.
Businesses will also be asked to demonstrate their commitment to the principles of fair work and outline the ways their proposed projects will contribute to net zero.
“Our food and drink sector creates incredible produce that is enjoyed at home and abroad,” Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said.
“The FPMC scheme has enabled some really exciting projects and I know this funding round will be no different.
“As well as encouraging innovation and co-operation, the scheme will help sustain and create jobs in our rural communities which have been particularly hard hit by the damaging impact of Brexit. It will also help new and experienced exporters move into emerging markets to ensure long-term viability.”