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2014 - 2020


Communities Projects

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Old Smiddy Heritage Centre

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Renovation and refurbishment of the Old Smiddy at Balmaclellan into a multi-purpose Heritage and Community Hub for the Galloway Glens, where a wide range of heritage and community focussed activities can be undertaken with individuals and groups of all ages across the local area and beyond.

Applicant: Glenkens Community & Arts Trust


Funding Package
Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership: £170,400.00
Own Funds: £30,600.00
LEADER grant: £150,000.00
Total Project Costs: £351,000.00

Dumfries and Galloway’s Year of the Young People 2018

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A yearlong programme of activities and events for young people in Dumfries and Galloway during the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People 2018 delivered in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council, young people and Third Sector Organisations across the region.  The programme will focus on developing confident young people, effective contributors, successful learners and responsible citizens and building community capacity. 

Applicant: Dumfries & Galloway  Council

Funding Package
Young Start: £30,000
Dumfries & Galloway Council: £98,000
Own Funds: £30,000

Colvend Recreation Field

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Colvend Recreation Field

The project will provide an enlarged and enhanced recreation area at Colvend which will help improve fitness levels. A multi-purpose shelter will provide weather protection and act as a hub for community events and be used as an outdoor classroom.

Applicant: Colvend & Southwick Community Council

Funding Package
Eon Windfarm Community Benefit Company: £22,000
Dumfries & Galloway Council Stewartry Area Committee: £12,500
LEADER Grant: £16,269.60
Total Project Costs: £50,769.60

Final Report Colvend Recreation Field


Barhill Community Woodland

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To bring the Barhill Woods under Community Management and develop it for both community use and as a tourist resource. Barhill Woods is the iconic natural backdrop to Kirkcudbright and is used by many local members of the community for recreation. There is no view of the town which does not include the backdrop of the Barhill Wood. This project aims to allow the community to take on management of this resource and develop it to its fullest potential through activities including the creation of an outdoor classroom, native planting, woodland management, track improvement and bird hides.

Applicant: Kirkcudbright Development Trust


Funding Package
Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership: £29,380.00
LEADER Grant: £23,581.00
Total Funding: £52,961.00

Barrhill Community Woodland Final Report


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Rural Enterprise

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Galloway Glens Biosphere Experience

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A community tourism developer will work within the Galloway Glens and with local stakeholders to develop new experiential tourism products based on existing skills, natural and cultural heritage.

This project seeks to enhance to local economy by adding value to existing business activity, local skills and heritage. The Galloway Glens project will be supporting a wide range of activity and we aim to enhance the economic benefits of this by developing new tourism activity and encouraging collaborative marketing.

Organisation: Southern Upland Partnership


Funding Package
Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership:  £28,400.00
Stewartry Area Committee: £3,166.50
Own Funds: £2,111.00
LEADER Grant: £36,843.00
Total project cost: £70,520.50

Galloway Glens Biosphere Experience Final Report


Galloway Modular Construction

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Galloway Modular Construction are going to establish a complete shipping container conversion unit. Container conversion is not a new concept however having an assembly line style unit ready to take a single use container in one end and present a custom conversion out the other has not yet been done. With help from LEADER we are going to produce two prototype conversions. The first will be a luxury double bedroom holiday cottage and the second will be a portable office. These initial cabins will allow us to prove our concept and provide us with two great examples for us to use as show conversions to then build our business from there.

Applicant: Galloway Modular Construction

Funding Package
Own Funds: £10,000.00
LEADER Grant: £10,000.00
Total Project Cost: £20,000.00

Galloway Modular Construction Final Report

Wigwam Holidays, Wigtown

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The project at Clantibuies Farm proposes a glamping site consisting of 6 wooden Wigwam® cabins.  Located adjacent to the Galloway Forest Park, the site is situated 12 miles from the town of Newton Stewart. The site extends to approximately 2 hectares and is made up of undulating farmland.  The cabins will be located in the farm field, immediately adjacent to the forest plantation.

The desire is to create a totally unique and innovative offering in the form of packaged holiday experiences, unlike any other that exists in the region.  The focus for the site is very much on developing experiential tourism that is also accessible and inclusive to all. This will significantly enhance the benefits in the wider economy in driving footfall that otherwise would choose to stay elsewhere and outside of the Dumfries and Galloway area.

Applicant: I & L Galloway

Funding Package
Private Investment: £150,000.00
Own Funds: £964.41
LEADER Grant: £150,000.00
Total Project Cost: £300,964.41

Final LEADER Report


Dark Art Gin Distillery

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Dark Art Gin (DAG) is a premium gin company based in Kirkcudbright.  It will have a distilling capability and a Visitor Centre & Shop which all together will be known as Dark Art Distillery.  The Distillery will be the heart of the business and will allow for tours and direct sales to visitors.  

The ethos of DAG will be to create a positive impact upon its environment by creating jobs, striving to achieve continual growth including exports, attracting visitors to Kirkcudbright and the wider Galloway region, embracing collaboration with other local businesses & tourist agencies and look to donate £1 per bottle sold directly to the consumer to charity.  It will continue the ‘art’ theme of Kirkcudbright, The Artists Town, with the internal walls being painted by various artists.

DAG will be based in the old Johnston School in the centre of Kirkcudbright and occupy two former class-rooms, one for the distilling equipment and the other for the Visitor Centre & Shop.  This Visitor Centre & Shop are critical to the business proposition in that it will be utilised to attract visitors both from within and outside Galloway.

Applicant: Dark Art Gin
Funding Package
Own funds: £111,800
LEADER Funding: £111,588.80
Total Project Cost: £223,388.80

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Cooperation Projects

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Care Campus Study Tour

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Developing the idea of a ‘Care Campus’ or ‘21st Century Village’ is a long term and ambitious project and
the involvement and commitment of a wide variety of stakeholders will be critical to its success. This short
study trip would provide an opportunity for key partners to develop their understanding and experience
together as well as cement good relationships and more fully developed shared vision. This trip would help
us develop our collective understanding of the potential of these models in our community, as well as a
chance to see for ourselves what is possible and enable us to be able to see in real life some of the
options and examples of best practice we have read about in action. The opportunity to take colleagues
and partners in the NHS, Council and other organisations will enable us to work collectively to identify
strengths, weaknesses and potential benefits for the whole of Dumfries & Galloway (and possibly beyond).

LEADER Grant: £5000.00

South of Scotland Golden Eagles Project

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The South of Scotland Golden Eagles Project is an exciting, ambitious and collaborative project between land managers and conservationists working to increase the breeding population and range of golden eagles in the South of Scotland. Identified by the Scottish Government as a priority for its biodiversity conservation programme, this offers a ground breaking opportunity to galvanise community interest and support for Scotland’s iconic bird. Once widespread, the population of golden eagles in the South of Scotland is now tiny and fragmented. Scientific work already commissioned by the project team is pointing to reinforcement of this population through translocation as the best means of reviving the population. Our legacy will be a healthier and viable population of golden eagles in the South of Scotland, enjoyed and supported by local communities and land managers, and forming the basis for greatly enhanced eco-tourism opportunities and wider economic development.

Applicant: The Langholm Initiative


Funding Package
Approved costs: £762,342.00
LEADER Grant: £152,469.00

Rhon Biosphere Learning Journey

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Conversations with representatives from the Rhon Biosphere have been ongoing for the last 12 months, with an
open invite for us to visit. Our proposal is to take a group of local D&G business representatives operating in our
Biosphere to meet their German counterparts in the Rhon Biosphere to learn how they have developed and
managed the use of the Dachemark Rhon brand.
The visit would take place in Novemebr and involve a group of seven local organisations / business representatives
being accompanied to the Rhon Biosphere for a two night co‐operation visit.
The lessons learnt from the visit will be shared with other local partners as part of a Business in the Biosphere event
being planned for the winter of 2019/20.

LEADER Grant: £5,000.00

Penninsular Tourism Cooperation

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The project seeks to enhance and add value to the tourist offering through cooperation with two other
existing similar projects in the Vale of Glamorgan and the Dingle Peninsular while helping to build
community capacity to improve the long‐term sustainability and marketability of the route. These areas
were chosen during the Cooperation Conference organised by the Rural Networks of Scotland, Wales,
Northern Ireland and Ireland during the spring of 2019 in Glasgow. These two projects , due to the
similarity of subject matter and geography offered opportunities for shared learning and stimulation of the
SW Coastal Path Steering Group Members as the construction of the path gets underway to develop their
thinking and actions to make the long‐term sustainability and its subsequent economic befits a success.

LEADER Grant: £5,000.00

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