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Glenkens Communities Share Wind Farm Cash

30 October 2019

In its first round of grant making The Glenkens & District Trust (GDT) has awarded over £191,000 to 26 community groups across the wider Glenkens District area. From the smallest grant of £600 to the largest grant of £25,000, awards will help build local communities to be even better places to live and visit for people of all ages.

In this first round, grants will support improvements to a number of community venues including installation of new fire doors in Balmaclellan Hall, a roof replacement and solar panels on the Men’s Shed in Balmaclellan, replacement of the floor in the Memorial Hall in Crossmichael and support to finally progress plans for the long required lift in New Galloway Town Hall.

GDT also awarded grants to three local nurseries, recognising the particular challenges they face in sustaining their critical services to many local working families. There was also a recognition of the local events which take place annually, providing a wide range of benefits to residents and as such grants have been provided to support the Glenkens Agricultural Show and the Dunscore Gala. Awards have also gone to a variety of organisations focussing on the environment, art and community activities.

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. However all decisions on fund strategy and spend sit with The Glenkens & District Trust which is made up of a Board of local volunteer Trustees.

Fiona Smith, Chairman, said: ‘We were delighted with the quality of the applications and the thought and preparation that had gone into them and were very grateful for the efforts made by a huge number of people. This fund has been anticipated for a long time and there was clearly considerable pent up demand for the funds.’

Seb Watson representing Blackcraig Wind Farm (Scotland) Ltd said: “It’s really inspiring to see such a range of community projects coming forward. We’re excited to see how these 26 Blackcraig wind farm grants will help develop and deliver a great range of community activity. We hope the benefit reaches deep into the communities and really does make a difference."

Tom, a regular attendee of the Men’s Shed, Balmaclellan, said: ‘I can leave off a layer of thermals now! This will really help improve the health and well-being of our regular members.’ Gill, another attendee said: ‘It's fantastic that we can make the Shed more sustainable. Having an insulated roof and solar panels will make a massive difference to our carbon footprint.’

Mary Smith, CONGA Glenkens said: ‘This grant from Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund is the first we have received. It will be instrumental in supporting us to get off the ground to provide opportunities for young people in the Glenkens to participate in high quality outdoor education experiences.’

James Reid, of Dalry Town Hall Management Committee said: ‘We are thrilled to receive this grant from Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund which will enable us to celebrate and share the history of St. John’s Town of Dalry and the Glenkens area. We look forward to working with local residents to create a short video presentation about the Pentland Rising for showing to our visitors.’

Following this round of funding and further discussions with community stakeholders, GDT will be making plans for opening the Fund again in 2020. More information will be available on this in due course.

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