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The increasing popularity of outstanding scenic areas stimulated by marketing successes such as the North Coast 500, film tourism and the huge growth in cruise liner arrivals has led to rapid increases in visitor numbers. This has resulted in some areas, at certain times of the year, experiencing pressure on infrastructure and negative impacts on some local communities.
On 10 October 2017 the First Minister announced a £6 million Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) to address some of these concerns and a further £3 million has been announced by the Scottish Government for a third Round of Funding in 2020.
Administered by VisitScotland, the third Round will seek to build on the momentum generated by the first two rounds of funds to create a strategic network of facilities which will meet visitor and community needs, provide leverage for additional and focused investment, stimulate collaboration and support the transition of Scotland to a low carbon economy .
The types of project that could be supported include parking, campervan facilities including disposal points, viewpoints and toilet provision.
Successful applications must demonstrate the following:
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.
The deadline for Expression of Interest Applications is 22 January 2020.
For more information and expression of interest forms, visit https://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/funding/rural-tourism-infrastructure-fund