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Communities Projects


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Stranraer Millennium Centre

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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.

Funding Package

Big Lottery Fund – £919,527

Grant Award – £150,000

Total Approved Costs – £1,076,627

Riverside Outreach

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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.

Funding Package

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

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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.carecampus.co.uk

Funding Package

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

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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

Funding package

The Robertson Trust – £45,000

NHS Endowment Fund – £27,061

Grant Award – £72,061.68

Total Project Costs – £144,123.68

 
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Rural Enterprise


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Rusko Studios

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Rusko Studio is a converted Victorian stables situated in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway offering luxury Art Holidays Scotland.  It offers five day residential painting courses, with guests staying onsite in luxury accommodation in the renovated stables adjoining the studio.

The area has been favoured by artists for more than a century for its light and especially lush green landscape and also by members of Scotland’s renowned Glasgow Boys.  Nearby Kirkcudbright is a designated Artists’ Town.

The local area offers magnificent walking, outdoor sports and sightseeing opportunities.  Rusko Studio is in a National Scenic Area, on the edge of The Galloway Forest Park and Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve in a designated UNESCO Biosphere and the UK’s first Dark Sky Park.

Website – www.ruskostudio.co.uk

Funding Package

Private funds – £30,000.00

Grant Award – £29,937.00

Total Project costs – £59,937.00

The Ethical Dairy

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Finlay’s Farm wants to launch The Ethical Dairy brand and the message behind the revolutionary approach to dairy production through the cow and calf ethical production system. The objectives of the project are to build the brand and customer following of the business and the Ethical Dairy Concept and building sales of the new cheese products.

The business has developed a two-year project which once complete will have established the foundations of The Ethical Dairy Cheese brand and Finlay’s Farm Ltd as a leader in ethical food production and innovative welfare friendly production systems. The project will work to build brand recognition and loyalty, and will ultimately work towards improving the success of the new venture and secure the long-term sustainability of Finlay’s Farm.

Website – www.theethicaldairy.co.uk

Funding Package

Funding – £55,000.00

Grant Award – £55,000.00

Total Approved Costs – £110,000.00

Arkleton Walled Garden

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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.

Funding package

Private funds – £30,130.92

Grant Award – £30,130.41

Total Project costs – £60,261.33

Corrie Hall Stopover

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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.

Funding Package

Private funds – £27,180

Grant Award – £27,180

Total Project costs – £54,360

 
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Cooperation Projects


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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.

 

Website – www.goldeneaglessouthofscotland.co.uk

Funding Package

Approved costs – £762,342.00

LEADER Grant – £152,469.00

Day of the Region Legacy

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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

 

Norway Cooperation Project

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Between April and June 18, 5 members of our Hidden Histories Project Team, plus a member of the local LAG will participate in a week-long learning visit to/cooperation project with the Avaldness Norvengan History Centre and Arkeologisk Museum in Stavanger, if practical during the time of the annual Viking Festival. As well as this visit, relationships and opportunities for dialogue will be built and maintained before and after to maximise the opportunities for shared learning that can be translated into a relevant Gallovidian context, and will explore how to change cultural headsets and behaviours towards eco-conscious living and exploring our sense of belonging/cultural identity via our hidden histories.

 

Although links between SW Scotland and Norway have their roots in ancient times, the aim of this project is innovative in the way it seeks to cultivate, strengthen and formalise modern-day links with heritage organisations in Norway, with a view to exploring, emulating, interpreting to our local context the learning which will inform a new green cultural tourism offering for our Region, including securing our place as part of the pan-European Destination Viking Project.

 

Website – www.sleeping-giants.org.uk

LEADER Grant – £5,000

Amaze Me LEADER Scotland 2018

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This project will deliver an exciting programme of activity during August 2018 making best use of the diverse network of LEADER funded projects and partner organisations across Dumfries & Galloway. The project is aimed at young people aged 18-28 years old with an interest in rural community development.  Applications will be filtered through local LEADER LAGs and participants will represent their area during the event and will be responsible for providing a report on their experience.  These reports will be collated into a document that can then be used by all participating areas to help inform and promote opportunities for young people to get involved in community development and/or local decision making in their areas.

 

Funding Package

LEADER Award – £116,000.00

 
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