2014 - 2020
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Stranraer Millennium Centre
This project is to re-furbish, re-vamp and extend the current building to provide an accessible facility that will enable the delivery of services that respond to the needs of the community it serves. Facilities such as a community café offering training schemes and catering services will be available as well as flexible office spaces for groups and business in Wigtownshire to use, amongst many other opportunities. The Millennium Centre aims to provide a central hub for rural beneficiaries to benefit from and to provide easier access to services.
Big Lottery Fund – £919,527
Grant Award – £150,000
Total Approved Costs – £1,076,627
This project will see the Riverside Centre extend their services to more rural areas of Wigtownshire and to provide an outreach service for individuals who cannot access their centre due to lack of transport and rural isolation. Receiving funding for new transport and staffing will allow The Riverside Centre to increase the support they give to their current service users, and increase the scope of their existing services. The project will also provide new opportunities for service users in the form of new outreach activities encouraging socialising and physical activity.
Riverside Members Trust – £25,000
Own Funds – £26,850
Grant Award – £18,535
Total Project Costs – £70,385
Building the Case for a Care Campus
This project focuses on adopting new approaches to ageing and testing a model to provide housing, social and community support with access to care for older people, combined with innovation in education, skills development and research. The Trust’s ambition is for a Care Campus that is a focus of excellence for housing and innovative caring practice and for it to become a world class exemplar in the creation and management of an integrated, whole workforce solution in health and social care for rural areas. The Care Campus will address significant demographic changes and their anticipated impact on society, health and the economy and will provide opportunities to test a model and assess an approach to housing with care, incorporating partnerships and collaborations, which can benefit the whole of Dumfries & Galloway and provide new and different solutions for the region
Website – www.crichton.co.uk
D&G Council – £10,000
Crichton Foundation – £15,000
Crichton Trust – £10,000
Scottish Enterprise – £25,000
NHS Dumfries & Galloway- £10,000
Grant Award – £67,600
Total Project Costs – £137,600
Exercise to Happiness
This project will be harnessing the already existing skill sets with Greystone Rovers to create a unique and innovative service for individuals coping with mental health conditions. Implementing on existing research this project aims to create new exercise classes over the whole of the region focusing on improving mental and physical health, whilst boosting confidence amongst service users. The project aims to target individuals who may struggle to access activities due to their health problems and rural location. Exercise to Happiness also aims to conclude with a piece of research which can help increase provision to improve mental health in Dumfries & Galloway.
Website – www.greystonerovers.co.uk
The Robertson Trust – £45,000
NHS Endowment Fund – £27,061
Grant Award – £72,061.68
Total Project Costs – £144,123.68
Bridge to Employment
Organisation: Better Lives Partnership
The Bridge to Employment aims to establish an alternative post-school progression route for young people in the Stewartry Area of Dumfries and Galloway with Additional Support Needs (mainly young people under the age of 25 with Autism Spectrum Disorder – ASD) into Further Education, Training or Employment. The target group are ‘more able’ young people with additional support needs who have already gained national qualifications but require additional support to take the next step to work or further education to fulfil their potential. Training in supporting and working with people with ASD will be provided to businesses, employers and Further Education Institutions who become involved
Website – www.betterlivespartnershp.org.uk
Holywood Trust – £63,500
LEADER Grant – £63,271
Total Project Cost – £126,771
Connecting in Communities
Organisation: Glenkens Community & Arts Trust
Working across 3 Glenkens villages, this project will support volunteers to take a lead in designing, delivering and evaluating a programme of activity designed to improve both their own lives and those of their fellow community members. Through this it is hoped to that the project will be accessible so that everyone in the community has the opportunity to influence and get involved in community led activity; focussed on building the strengths and assets of people and communities; and connected to the work of other organisations and community-led groups across the locale.
Website – www.catstrand.com
Big Lottery – £149,542
LEADER Grant – £149,541
Total Project cost – £299,083
D&G Promoters & Performing Artists Network
Organisation: Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival now wishes to expand from being a ten-day annual festival into an organisation that supports the development of the performing arts sector on a year-round basis. The Arts Live Promoters and Performing Arts Network, utilises the local and national networks developed through its popular annual arts festival and applies best practice from “Rural Touring” performing arts schemes. Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is a trusted and supportive organisation that provides practical support and enables development in the sector. The arts festival which LEADER has previously invested in will continue, and benefit from the partnerships developed through this project.
Website – www.dgartsfestival.org.uk
Creative Scotland – £50,000
LEADER Grant – £50,000
Total Project Cost – £100,000
Day of the Region
Organisation: Dumfries & Galloway Council
The Day of the Region Legacy Project will be a three-year transnational cooperation project between territories in several Member States. A cooperation offer distributed through the Scottish Rural Network and European Network for Rural Development identified potential partners in Ireland, Germany, Poland and Romania.
This project will encourage innovation and collaboration – adding scale to the project and building social cohesion between people in different areas – and permits further analysis of methodology toward sustainability. We will develop joint-working practices with a thematic focus on community capacity-building, succession planning and social and economic impact.
Website – www.dgleader.co.uk
LEADER Grant: £243,194.66
Restoring Annan’s Water – Community Engagement Project
Organisation: River Annan Trust
RAW Community Engagement Project will raise awareness of the River Annan environment and the benefits of delivering river restoration. The Project will work to address the environmental issues facing the Annan catchment in an innovative way: by focusing on river-based educational activities and skills training, the project will facilitate the development of an engaged and environmentally minded community base equipped with the skills necessary to contribute to river restoration on the Annan.
A community engagement officer will be appointed to deliver a programme of education, engagement and practical habitat improvement activities over two years. Activities will include a primary school education initiative, citizen science scheme, skills training for young adults, landowner engagement, volunteering opportunities and the delivery of physical improvements to the environment through small-scale habitat restoration workshops.
Website – www.riverannan.org/raw
Heritage Lottery Fund – £45,775
LEADER Grant: £45,775
Total Project Cost – £91,550
Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Developing Community Action
Organisation: Scottish Wildlife Trust
Once widespread, red squirrels have undergone a catastrophic decline, primarily due to competition from the non-native, invasive American grey squirrel. The innovative Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels partnership has established through a trial period that it is possible to halt the decline of red squirrels via co-ordinated grey squirrel control. Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Developing Community Action” will develop a more sustainable way to secure the future of red squirrels over the long-term in Dumfries and Galloway, moving away from reliance on paid staff towards creating communities that are supported, motivated and capable of acting together to project red squirrels in their local area.
Website – www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk
Heritage Lottery Fund – £99,563
Scottish Wildlife Trust – £5,793
LEADER Grant: £105,355
Total Project Cost – £210,711
The Whithorn Way
Organisation: Whithorn Trust
This project will promote and market the Whithorn Way, a long distance footpath along the ancient pilgrimage route to Whithorn, through aerial film and smartphone apps and by publishing a guidebook with community contributions. An off road path: Whithorn to St Ninian’s Cave, will be created.
Website – www.whithorn.com
Heritage Lottery – £58,400
Dumfries and Galloway Council – £5000
Jerusalem Trust – £15,000
LEADER Grant – £73,199.65
Total Project Cost £151,599.65
Community Reuse Centre (internal) Construction
The Project is an exciting new venture borne from the existing Furniture Project in Stranraer, using an innovative approach to reuse services across Wigtownshire, and applying Social Enterprising principles to create a sustainable social enterprise.
The internal construction work will create a facility that will provide an opportunity for people who are marginalised or disadvantaged, to engage in the delivery of services whilst learning new skills in their particular areas of work.
Website – www.furnitureproject.org.uk
Holywood Trust – £50,000
Robertson Trust – £6,875.00
Private Loan – £5,771.17
LEADER Grant – £60,000
Total Project Cost – £122,646.17
Castle Loch Footpath Diversion
Part of the 4.5 kilometre existing footpath round the Castle Loch passes along the narrow verge of the B7020 road. This constitutes a safety hazard and is not an enjoyable part of the walk. It was the only option available at the time of constructing the footpath but recently an area of land has been conveyed to the Trust which will enable a much safer and superior route to be constructed.
Applicant: Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust
D&G LEADER: £9,000.00
George Hunter Trust: £2,500.00
Own Funds: £5,430.00
Total Project Cost: £21,930.00
Final Report: Castle Loch final report
Absolute Classics – Concerts & Education and Outreach Programme
The ‘Absolute Classics – Concerts & Education and Outreach Programme’ project will deliver a programme of activity to increase opportunities for all ages across the region to engage with high quality cultural, social and educational experiences through a programme of classical music, residencies and masterclasses. The project will safeguard the artistic director post and contract a freelance education officer.
Applicant: Absolute Classics SCIO
D&G LEADER: £40,000
Holywood Trust: £20,000
Creative Scotland: £15,000
Own Funds: £5,000
Total Project Cost: £80,000
Kirkcudbright Galleries Project
This project is for the development of a 2 year 3 month project and delivery of a 15 month Activity Plan which will launch the gallery, enable audience development and support sustained future interest in the facility thereby delivering an art gallery of national significance for the town of Kirkcudbright
Applicant: Dumfries and Galloway Council
D&G LEADER: £124,999.73
Heritage Lottery Fund: £48,756
Creative Scotland: £10,000
Holywood Trust: £52,065
Own Funds (DGC): £86,678
Total Project Cost: £322,498.73
Cultural Tourism Development
The ‘Cultural Tourism Development’ Project seeks to recruit a Cultural Tourism Development Officer for a period of 2 years to focus on the 50 weeks of the year outside the book festival time period. Presented as a creative resource to design and drive forward pilot programmes and a year round cultural tourism agenda and offering.
Applicant: Wigtown Festival Company
D&G LEADER: £60,000
Own Funds: £60,000
Total Project Costs £120,000
D&G Sensory Project
The ‘D&G Sensory Project’ is a 2 year project that will deliver a localised sensory service in Dumfries and Galloway to build confidence, well-being, connectivity and capacity in our communities. The project will recruit 2 project workers who will be based in the local office with a region wide remit.
D&G LEADER: £63,681
RS MacDonald: £50,000
Own Funds: £13,681
Total Project Costs: £127,362
Developing Annan Harbour
This two year project will assist the Annan Harbour Action Group to develop an action plan which will identify future opportunities for the Harbour. The project will recruit a full time Harbour Development Officer and a key role will be to work with young people on a boat building project and to extend water sports.
Applicant: Annan Harbour Action Group
D&G LEADER: £43,900
Holywood Trust: £50,000
Annandale & Eskdale Area Committee (DGC): £11,100
Total Project Costs: £150,000
NIR Lifeboat Station Extension
This project will extend the current Lifeboat Station at Glencaple near Dumfries to accommodate the increased equipment and crew resource required and to encourage more outreach and education work at the Lifeboat Station.
Applicant: Nith Inshore Rescue
D&G LEADER: £41,907.44
Own Funds: £30,000
Robertson Trust: £20,000
Holywood Trust: £20,000
Total Project Costs: £131,907.44
Solway Coastwise is a 3 year project that aims to raise awareness of the regional coast. It will seek to employ 2 project staff, secure consultancy resource and encourage volunteering via coastal ambassadors. Throughout the project, promotional materials, taksa nd tours will be developed and links to heritage explored.
Applicant: Solway Firth Partnership
D&G LEADER: £83,448
Heritage Lottery Fund: £85,100
Own Funds: £4,000
D&G Council Countryside Services: £2,000
Total Project Costs £174,548
Speddoch Hall Rebuild
This application is to complete the funding package to allow the local Community Association to rebuild the Village Hall which was destroyed by fire in 2013. This will create a hall to cater for a variety of local activities and groups and ensure a building that is fit for the future.
Applicant: Speddoch Community Association
D&G LEADER: £130,000
Nithsdale Area Committee (DGC): £11,736
Own Funds: £83,264
Total Project Costs: £260,000
Wild Film Festival
This project will culminate in a Wild Film Festival in March 2017 which will be a weekend devoted to celbrating the natural world captured through film, photography and speakers. The project will recruit a freelance events manager on a part time basis for 9 months and will involve workshops on wildlife filming and photography and will also provide opportunity for interns. Screenings will be shown at selected venues across the region.
Applicant: Southern Uplands Partnership
D&G LEADER: £27,650
Holywood Trust: £13,000
Major Festivals & Events Strategy (D&G Council): £12,000
EON (Robin Rigg): £3,500
Regional Arts Fund (D&G Council): £1,500
Total Project Costs: £57,650
Whithorn Roundhouse Iron Age Grand Design
The ‘Whithorn Roundhouse – “Iron Age “Grand Design” project will see the experimental building of a full sized iron age roundhouse in Whithorn near to the existing visitor attraction which will involve full participation of volunteers, experts and the wider community. Introducing technology, drama and a new app!
Applicant: The Whithorn Trust
D&G LEADER: £54,300
Heritage Lottery Fund: £87,000
Holywood Trust: £20,468
SSE Community Fund: £17,543
Regional Arts Fund: £1,700
Own Funds: £250
Total Project Costs: £183,761
Final Report: Whithorn Roundhouse Iron Age Grand Design Final Report
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Arkleton Walled Garden
This project will enable the start-up of a business to open a commercial sustainable cut flower garden in the Walled Garden at Arkleton, predominantly for the wedding market in South West Scotland. As a generation it is felt we are giving much more consideration to where our produce is coming from and local flowers are an important part of this. On top of this, like some fruits, there are some flowers that won’t travel but can be grown in our climate. The general public will be able to visit the walled garden and pick the blooms that they require, increasing health and well-being and fulfilling desires to pick your own local produce.
Private funds – £30,130.92
Grant Award – £30,130.41
Total Project costs – £60,261.33
Corrie Hall Stopover
Corrie Hall is a small farm made up of nearly eight acres of grassland and is based between Cargenbridge and Lochfoot on cycle route 7. The project aims to accommodate cyclists in shepherds huts. Initially there will be five shepherds huts which will be used either as an overnight stay for touring cyclists or if they wish to stay longer to use Corrie Hall as a fixed base. There will be secure cycle storage, repair and washing facilities. With the local butcher in the area supplying locally sourced meat from farmers it is an aim to work alongside him to provide meat, bacon sausages and fresh eggs for the guests who will be able to purchase them from the small onsite shop which will be created from the original shepherds hut on the farm.
Private funds – £27,180
Grant Award – £27,180
Total Project costs – £54,360
This project aims to combine the best of Galloway across both food and tourism in order to draw more people to the area and enjoy the best experience possible. To do this Crafty Distillery will create both the Crafty Galloway Menu as well as the Crafty Galloway Gin Tour. Dumfries & Galloway has some of the finest ingredients in the world such Salt Marsh Lamb, Loch Ryan Oysters and Marbury Smoked Salmon to name a few. The Menu will serve smaller plates of seasonal recipes utilising our local ingredients. Alongside this Crafty Distillery will also promote Dumfries & Galloway as an inviting and beautiful part of Scotland and promote tours around the region to connect with the distillery as well as the Galloway inspired Hills & Harbours Gin.
Website – www.craftydistillery.com
Private funding – £50,000
Grant Award – £50,000
Total Project Costs – £100,000
Defining Galloway Beef
The project will protect Dumfries & Galloway’s iconic red meat product, Galloway Beef, by developing and launching a quality assurance and traceability scheme, supported by a marketing campaign to support its roll-out. Supply chain development will also be supported by commissioning a specialist to facilitate a collaborative working relationship with retail partners through which consumer demand for the meat can be driven. The project will learn from best practice from other breed societies, but will innovate to address the specific geographic challenges relating to the use and mis-use of the term Galloway Beef across the south of Scotland.
The project will also introduce an education programme focussing on the importance of native breeds for sustainability, and we will introduce innovative young farmers/new entrant support to address the demographic imbalance in our farmer profile.
Website – www.gallowaycattlesociety.co.uk
Private funds – £35,170
Grant Award – £35,170
Total Project Costs – £70,340
Ernespie Farm Centre
This project is part of a large scale Farm Diversification in which Ernespie Farm will be part opened to the public in the form of Ernespie Farm Centre. This centre will include a café, retail area, outdoor learning experience; meet the animals barn as well as an inclusive indoor play area. This project aims to create a hub that is accessible to all of the local community as well as encourage more tourism to the area. The project also aims to teach children and adults alike abound the country side and locally produced food, highlighting the importance of the agriculture sector in rural areas.
Private funds – £108,000
Grant Award – £50,000
Total Project Costs £ 158,000
Ninefold Distillery aims to be the first Lowland distillery in Scotland to distil, age and bottle rum from scratch. The distillery also aims be the only rum distillery in the world to use Scottish oak to mature rum. The rum expressions will include a white aged rum for cocktails and mixing, rum liqueurs made from Scottish fruit, and a variety of cask aged rums. The micro distillery will be set up in a renovated stone farm steading building on Dormont Estate, increasing the diversity of income to the family owned business, and bringing new and skilled employment to rural Dumfries and Galloway. Jobs created at the distillery will pay above the regional average, and be particularly suitable for young people, addressing regional issues of low wages and youth employment opportunities. The business aims to print a carbon footprint value on our bottle labels – the first to do so in the spirits industry – and commit to reducing our footprint as the business matures. Our products will be naturally gluten free and vegan friendly. Eventually the distillery aims to be part of a regional ‘distillery trail’ encompassing other distilleries in Dumfries and Galloway, helping promote the region and put it on the map as a destination for quality distilled spirits. In turn, this will help support and grow the region’s overall tourist potential.
Private funds – £50,000
Grant Award – £50,000
Total Project costs – £100,000
Hold the Front Page!
Organisation: Muckle Toon Media
Hold the Front Page! is a unique opportunity to create a multi-media Community Interest Company to fill the gap left by the planned closure of the Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser by Cumbria News Group at the end of March 2017.
The company will be locally owned and accountable with a voluntary board of Directors who will have an appropriate mix of skills. The project will support the economy and culture of Eskdale through advertising and profiling of local businesses and by promoting our locally based artists and makers.
People will have the opportunity to learn new skills such as writing for the paper, social media and the web, interviewing, photography, editing, film making, proof reading, reporting, design of adverts and other media related activities.
Website – www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk
Bowman Little Trust – £10,000
David Stevenson Trust – £10,000
Stoneypath Trust – £10,000
Arthur Bell Trust – £10,000
Private Source – £10,000
Ashleybank Investments Ltd – £102,214
Own Funds – £5,000
LEADER Grant – £50,000
Total Project Cost – £207,214
Applicant: Stuart and Karen Galloway, Barvernochan Farm, Whauphill
This project aims to build and facilitate an Exercise Pool that can be used for Fitness, Leisure, Physiotherapy or Rehabilitation. It will be located in the heart of the Machars on a modern, working beef and sheep farm with a picturesque location. The pool will be housed in a custom made accessible building to include, toilets, changing facilities, exercise area, seating area and office. The pool incorporates a state of the art swim current, a water based treadmill and rowing kit. A Hydrotherapy Spa and space for exercise equipment will also be included within the building.
“Our aim is to build an innovative business providing the local community and tourists with a facility unique to Dumfries and Galloway enhancing our rural area.”
D&G LEADER: £49,986
Total Project Cost: £123,186
Wild Oak Woods Eco-Campsite
Organisation: Hands On Environmental Education
Wild Oak Woods Eco-campsite project will create a low carbon tourist facility in a hidden valley within the Stewartry National Scenic Area. The development will increase coastal, rural tourism using good environmental design and renewable energy sources to create a niche market, back to nature holiday experience which will be an example of Eco-tourism at its best.
The project creates a symbiotic relationship between a sustainable small business and a stunning, biodiverse wildlife site. It will ensure the economic stability of the business, add to the economic growth of the area and safeguard a site of valuable biodiversity. It will raise awareness of the natural assets of Dumfries and Galloway both nationally and beyond.
Website – www.wildoakwoods.co.uk
Private Source – £108,000
LEADER Grant £50,000
Total Project Cost – £158,000
Upland Creative Network
Applicant: Upland Arts Development CIC
Upland Creative Network will broker relationships which will explore drivers for economic and creative development and which will inspire and educate young people about visual arts and crafts micro-businesses. Upland’s new activities are aimed to create a rhizosphere of support that all artists and makers can access.
D&G LEADER: £40,662.97
Creative Scotland: £23,962.97
Holywood Trust: £14,700
Own Funds: £2,000
Total Project Cost: £81,325.94
Happy Hooves Equestrian Centre
Applicant: Happy Hooves Equestrian Centre
Happy Hooves is a non- profit organisation based in Sanquhar Upper Nithsdale. This project will support the erection of an all-weather outdoor arena as well as facilities to manage the welfare of horses. The center will provide riding lessons, pony trekking, hacking, as well as pony hire and parties.
D&G LEADER: £12,000
Own Funds: £12,000
Total Project Cost: £24,000
Senwick Alpaca Trekking
Applicant: Paul and Nicola Sanderson, Upper Senwick Farm
This project will provide the initial set up of infrastructure for Alpaca Trekking as a farm diversification at Upper Senwick farm, which is located on the Solway coast, just outside of Kirkcudbright. Paul and Nicola run a small family farm of mainly sheep and free-range egg production. Alpaca Trekking will provide an alternative and innovative activity for the region. Action and animals combined, a close encounter with adorable and gentle creatures that most people will never have experienced before whilst enjoying the glorious Galloway countryside.
D&G LEADER: £5014.91
Own Funds: £5014.91
Total Project Cost: £10,029.82
Final Report: Senwick Alpaca final report