Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation

A picture of farmers market; (c) Scotland Food & Drink (SF&D)

This scheme can provide support grant to suppliers and producers to contribute to the government's overall vision for food and drink in Scotland, which is to be a Good Food Nation, where it is second nature to produce, buy, serve and eat fresh, healthy food.

The food and drink sector can also help to make Scotland healthier, wealthier and smarter, with stronger communities and production that is socially and environmentally sustainable.

Through this scheme, you can apply for:

  • start-up grants for a new food processing business
  • development grants for an existing food processing business

Funding can help you:

Capital Projects:

develop or create food processing facilities, including buildings and equipment

Non-Capital Projects:

  • market your products in home and export markets at
    national/international trade shows/fairs.
  • to run co-operative ventures to make sure more value is retained
    by both farmers and growers
  • to improve supply-chain efficiency

The most recent funding round closed on 19 November 2017, with notification of the outcome in early April 2018.

Due to budget considerations we are unable to confirm yet if there will be a future funding round. When a decision has been made, we will update this page.

You must not start work on any aspect of your project, with the exception of preliminary costs before receiving notification of the grant award.

Eligible & Ineligible Cost Examples

We encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible in advance of the deadline. If all or the majority of applications are received within the last week, this may have an impact on the expected notification of outcome date.

If you have any queries or questions please contact the team who manage the scheme direct. Details can be found below in the Contact section.

*update* - July -2016 - applications for non-capital projects will be accepted from 3 August,

Funding awards

The below document lists all of the successful applications which have been approved under this scheme to November 2017.

Full scheme guidance

Full guidance


Please visit the dedicated page to access the relevant forms for this scheme.

Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation forms

Scheme delivery

This scheme is delivered through:

The Scottish Rural Development Programme logo