Midlothian Borders Tourism Action Group – IDEAS FUND

Grants of up to £5,000 are now available to tourism businesses in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders for new and innovative online bookable products or experiences. Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG) launched the new funding stream at a special event for businesses on Wednesday 5 September at the Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels.

The MBTAG ideas fund will offer a discretionary grant to support businesses that have creative ideas for online bookable products to grow their business linked to four key themes:

Food and Drink
Adventure/active connection
History & Heritage
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Businesses can apply by downloading the application form from the MBTAG website 

The deadline for applications is Friday 16 November. Decisions will be made within four weeks of applying.

In addition to the grant, applicants will be able to consult with the MBTAG project and Business Gateway team to help inform and shape their ideas. MBTAG will link all businesses in with an appropriate advisor who will be able to advise them on their application and ideas.
Depending on the nature of the scale of the projects, applicants may also be able to tap into specialist innovation support from Scottish Enterprise, VisitScotland and other key funders.

MBTAG is funded by the Scottish Enterprise Destination Development Fund and the Borders Railway Blueprint.

1)Download the leaflet, presentations as guidance and the Application Form from the MBTAG website

2)Contact Jemma at MBTAG advising you will be submitting an application – she will link you in with BG Team and other relevant industry partners

3) Connect in with your Industry relationship manager at VisitScotland to tap into resources and toolkits. Helene Sinclair & Alasdair Maclaughlan.  Toolkits and more information to help you from the VisitScotland website are shown below too.


Judging panel will meet and you will be notified within 4 weeks of your application

Read more and download the toolkit and application form on the MBTAG website 

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