Nine organisations in Glenkens area benefit from wind farm fund

In its second round of grant making, The Glenkens and District Trust (GDT) has awarded over £99,000 to nine community groups across the wider Glenkens District area.

The new grants will support a total of 11 projects making their communities even better places to live and visit.

The funding is provided by Blackcraig Wind Farm (Scotland) Ltd from its Blackcraig wind farm and is being administered by grant-making charity Foundation Scotland.

All decisions on fund strategy and spend sit with The Glenkens and District Trust, which is made up of a board of local volunteer trustees. Grants awarded in this round ranged from £1750 to £25,000.

New Galloway Community Enterprises was awarded £6,000 to support delivery of the second Glenkens Food Month in September 2020.

Sam Rushton, of NGCE said: “New Galloway Community Enterprises is extremely grateful for the funding awarded by Foundation Scotland for the second Glenkens Food Month this September.  The Food Month team is looking forward to creating another full programme of events and activities that will celebrate our seasonal food and our local food and drink businesses, as well as bringing the people of the Glenkens together – whether actually or virtually!”

Glenkens Food Month.

Fiona Smith, Chairman, said: “We were delighted to receive a wide range of applications from across the area during these difficult times and are pleased to be able to make these awards.  We are seeing an increasing number of activities and projects being delivered from this fund and want to ensure we maximise the benefit for our wider community.”

Seb Watson representing Blackcraig Wind Farm (Scotland) Ltd said: “We’re happy to see that despite the current challenging circumstances for communities, Blackcraig wind farm grants have been awarded to 11 organisations. We look forward to seeing how the funded activity develops and the positive impact it will make to the area.”

To date GDT has awarded over £300,000 to projects benefitting the local area, including grants to Community Councils to provide additional support to their communities during the coronavirus crisis. A further round of funding take place in Autumn 2020. More information will be available on this in due course.

Grants were awarded to:

Balmaclellan Village Hall, £6200 – To fund essential repairs to the roof of Balmaclellan Village Hall

Balmaclellan Village Hall, £3993.60 – To install new entrance doors and a lobby on Balmaclellan Village Hall, thereby improving the appearance, security, accessibility and heat efficiency.

Crossmichael Primary School Parent Council, £10,000 – To create an outdoor shelter in the grounds of Crossmichael Primary School, for multi-purpose use by the community.

Dunscore Gala- £1750 – To purchase barriers, microphones and pet agility equipment to be used at the annual gala event in August each year.

Glenkens Community and Arts Trust (GCAT), £4657 – To install 2 free-to-use EV chargers, powered by the solar PV panels on the Glenkens Men’s Shed in Balmaclellan.

GCAT, £16,380 – To fit external wall cladding and install energy-efficient heaters in the Glenkens Men’s Shed.

GCAT, £2332.50 – To contribute to the Ken Words literary project and support new initiatives that aim to stimulate imaginative engagement with the landscape and encourage participation in writing as a social, confidence and communication skills building tool.

Kirkpatrick Durham Recreation Association, £25,000 – To re-roof and refurbish the historical building adjacent to the Bothy to provide storage and shelter space.

Knockvennie Community Hall, £3281.24 – To contribute to the costs of refurbishing the hall to make it more energy efficient, sustainable and an appealing destination for recreational use, especially for the playing of snooker.

New Galloway Community Enterprises, £6000 – To contribute to the costs of Glenkens Food Month in September 2020, which is a programme of educational and social food-related events.

Spalding Bowling Club, £7188 – To purchase equipment to maintain the bowling green including a rotorrake, scarifying reel, thatch control reel and a verticutter to increase access to sport and leisure activities, improve physical health and reduce isolation.

Speddoch Community Association, £13,000 – To improve the accessibility and safety of the hall by laying tarmac around the building and building a wall.