Two new projects launched with Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER funding

clootie mctoot dumplings and digital maker space advert
Hannah Downey

New Digital Maker Space opening in Strathearn

Culture Perth and Kinross are set to launch a new Digital Maker Space facility in Crieff this September. This exciting development will allow people from the area the chance to explore new technologies, share tools, equipment and other devices to invent, play and create. 

The Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER programme are contributing £54,000 towards this innovative project which will benefit communities, individuals and small/micro business in rural areas. Complementing other projects such as Enterprising Rural Perthshire and Making Rural Businesses Digital, this initiative positions Rural Perth& Kinross as a centre of excellence, enabling opportunities for many people living and working in rural areas , and providing a catalyst for other national funded projects. The facility will offer access to hi-tech equipment and workshops in creative digital skills that many people now need in an increasingly digital world as technology continues influence the way that we interact and the way we learn.

​Clootie McToot Dumplings

Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER are also supporting the Clootie McToot Dumpling project with a grant of £20,677.50. RPK LEADER LAG Chair Jackie Brierton said, ‘This is an innovative project which combines food production with a unique visitor experience. Using local ingredients Michelle continues to follow her family’s traditional recipe and method of cooking, as well as developing exciting new flavour combinations, taking a traditional product and giving it an interesting modern twist.’

LEADER funding will be used to help grow the business, converting the rear of the Clootie McToot shop into large commercial viewing kitchens allowing higher rates of production as well as developing a visitor attraction in the heart of Abernethy. It will also allow the business to offer Clootie Dumpling classes and workshops where people from all over will be able to come in and learn the art of traditional Clootie Dumpling making.

For more information, and to see more projects funded by the Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER programme, please visit their website.