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Regional Arts Fund round seven opens

The Regional Arts Fund is back and looking to support new and exciting creative ideas.

Creative activities and events in communities across the region are set to benefit from arts funding totalling £55,000.

Dumfries and Galloway Council, supported by DG Unlimited, invite applications to round seven of its Regional Arts Fund 2020/21.

The fund looks to increase the volume and impact of high-quality arts projects for the public and economic benefit of Dumfries and Galloway. Previous awards have helped support arts projects the length and breadth of the region, from Stranraer to Thornhill to Langholm to Kirkcudbright…and many places in between.

A maximum award of £9999 is available to community or voluntary groups, registered charities and social enterprises who show they will:

▪ Promote and increase equality of access and benefit from the arts, in particular for the most vulnerable in our communities;

▪ Help young people fulfil their potential through the arts;

▪ Contribute to the economic wellbeing of the region through the arts.

Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chairman of the Council’s Communities Committee said “The arts make a difference to our economy by attracting visitors to our region and developing the skills of our young people. In 2018/19 projects supported by the Fund attracted match funding of over £190,000 from sources such as Creative Scotland and reached over 15,000 people.”

Councillor John Martin, Vice Chair of Communities said: “I am really pleased that we are able to support new arts projects across Dumfries and Galloway. Working together to deliver great arts projects makes our communities feel stronger and more self-confident, while taking part in imaginative and creative activities is good for everyone’s health and wellbeing.”

Oran Bagraidh, designed and delivered by Knockengorroch Community Interest Company, was one of last year’s inspiring events supported by the Regional Arts Fund.

The project centred around creating exciting and cutting-edge new work while investigating and highlighting an important part of Galloway’s heritage. Through this project new collaborations were spawned, links developed between international and D & G practitioners whilst linking into the Gaelic language activity gaining momentum in the region and nationally.

Cathy Agnew, Chair of DG Unlimited, the independent charity that champions the region’s arts, said: “It is always a pleasure to be involved in supporting the Regional Arts Fund awards, financed by Dumfries & Galloway Council with its priorities set by DGU. These represent a real commitment to supporting creativity in communities across the region, with a total of £422,473 awarded to engaging, innovative events and activities since the fund was launched 6 years ago. The arts and creative community make a vibrant contribution to our region’s sense of identity and economy; I’m very much looking forward to seeing the impact this year’s awards will make.”

As previous rounds have shown, the region is packed with talented artists, makers, musicians, performers, writers, filmmakers and theatre producers who work with arts organisations and communities, creating a breathtaking range of quality arts activities, events and festivals.

Before applying, speak to DGU’s Programme Manager, Maggie Broadley, at maggie.dgu@gmail.com. Visit DG Unlimited’s Regional Arts Fund webpage at dumfries-and-galloway-regional-arts-fund.html.

Please email your completed application form and supporting information to: grantapplications@dumgal.gov.uk by no later than 12 noon on Monday November 25.