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What is the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund?

The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund was established by the Scottish Government and the Fund is managed by VisitScotland on their behalf. To date, £9 million of grant funding has been awarded to 45 projects across rural Scotland, since the start of the Fund in 2018. 

RTIF is designed to support collaborative projects that focus on improving the visitor experience in rural parts of Scotland that are facing immediate and damaging pressures on their infrastructure, or negative impacts on communities due to significant increases in visitor numbers - especially as the industry moves in to the recovery phase of the STERG National Action Plan

Round 4 of RTIF will provide focused investment, stimulate collaboration and support the work of the Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce (STRT) and the Visitor Management Steering Group as part of COVID-19 recovery process. 

RTIF Round 4 | Application process

Please note that applications for RTIF Round 4 are now closed. 

 

Guidance for applicants | RTIF Round 4

Published August 2021

Who can apply?

Only Local Authorities and National Park Authorities can apply for funding.  However, Community Groups and other agencies can apply to their Local Authority or National Park if they have an eligible project. Individual businesses are not eligible for RTIF.

What can be supported?

The types of project that could be supported include parking, motorhome facilities (including disposal points), viewpoints, linking paths, toilet provision and  EV and e-bike charge points .

Successful applications must demonstrate the following:

  • A visitor and community pressure point due to increase or anticipated increase in visitor numbers
  • An enhanced visitor experience with high quality infrastructure provision
  • A sustainable approach to the planning design, build and management of the project which supports the move towards a low carbon society
  • Effective partnerships and collaboration and alignment  with the strategic aims of the Visitor Management Steering Group recommendations and other funding streams by NatureScot, Enterprise Agencies and others
  • Project viability and deliverability
  • Community capacity building

If you have any further queries, please email RTIF@visitscotland.com.

Information about approved projects from each round can be found on this page:

Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund - Round Three

 

 

Approved projects

Approved projects, subject to conditions

Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund - Round Two

Approved projects

Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund - Round One

Approved projects

Approved projects, subject to conditions