About the fund
The £2.5 million fund is delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and has been developed with Wild Scotland and Sail Scotland.
The fund was aimed at responsible tourism operators who provide a sustainable outdoor related activity to visitors on land and in the marine environment. This encompassed a broad span of activity types from wildlife watching to charter, day boat trips, sailing holidays, bushcraft and survival and activities such as canoeing and mountaineering.
Due to the complexity and breadth of businesses within the sector, a two-strand approach to grant funding was necessary to meet the needs of the sector. Businesses could only apply to one strand. The two strands were:
- Marine and boating tourism operators
- Outdoor wildlife, adventure and activity sector tourism businesses
The grants will be paid over a range of award amounts up to a maximum of £15,000 per company and will be limited to one application per company.
There is a fixed amount of funding available so the final amount awarded to a successful applicant will be determined once all applications are received and vetted, and will be dependent on the number of successful applications to this fund.