Over £68,000 in ANCBC grants awarded in Spring

Nine community groups and charities in Annandale and Nithsdale are celebrating success after securing almost £70,000 in funding.

The latest round from Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company  (ANCBC) included an £18,000 contribution to the expansion of a nursery, and £1660 to support the re-launching of Cairn Valley Community Transport services from April.

ANCBC was established to distribute the funds from the ScottishPower Renewables Harestanes Windfarm.

Since opening in Spring 2015, the fund has awarded over £1.8 million to projects across the 42 community council areas that make up the area of benefit.

The next deadlines for applications are this Friday and then Thursday July 29. You can find out more and download an application form at

Full list of latest grants awarded:

Friends of the Ukrainian POW Chapel Lockerbie (£13,823) – To contribute towards the costs of providing essential maintenance, repairs and renovation works on the chapel to maintain its integrity.

Lower Nithsdale Young Farmers Club (£3560) – To support some of the annual events run by the club.

Dumfries and District Flower Club (£5000) – To provide a contribution towards the costs of a flower festival to be held at Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries in September 2022 to mark the club’s diamond anniversary.

Lochmaben Heritage Community Trust (£1769.47) – To develop a heritage centre within Lochmaben Town Hall as an attraction for the local community and visitors to the town.

Cairn Valley Community Transport (£1660) – To assist with the costs of re-launching the Cairn Valley Community Transport services from April 2021.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival (£5000) To contribute to all associated costs in delivering a 10-day arts festival in communities and online.

Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association (DIBCA) (£4990) – To promote curling to juniors and to offer a sporting and social environment for newly injured or newly diagnosed wheelchair users to continue their rehabilitation.

Moffat Mountain Rescue Team (£14,962) – To update existing equipment including rucksacks, avalanche transceivers, harnesses, helmets, thermarests, stick bars, zarski shelters and LED torches.

Moniaive Playcare (£18,000) – To extend the existing nursery building in order to meet demand and improve the facilities offered.

Lucy Smith, Chair of Moniaive Playcare, said: “We are delighted to receive a grant from ANCBC towards our expansion project. This funding enables the project to move forward in a way that will result in a higher quality outcome, in turn benefitting the many generations of children in Glencairn who will access our services. Providing the best possible environment is of key importance, and award of this grant from ANCBC will assist Moniaive Playcare in supporting our many rural families with the best possible quality of service in the best possible setting.”

Pictured: An architect’s view of the planned extension to the Moniaive Playcare nursery building.