Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

£1 million National Lottery Windfall for Galloway and West Dumfries

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Local MSP Finlay Carson has today welcomed news that 2 projects in his constituency of Galloway and West Dumfries have successfully secured a total of £998,772 National Lottery funding.

The Glenkens Community and Arts Trust and Kirkcudbright Development Trust were both successful in securing funding after applying to Big Lottery Fund Scotland.

The Glenkens Community and Arts Trust Limited secured a total of £148,772 National Lottery funding.

The trust will use the grant to provide a range of activities and services, and offer volunteer opportunities for people living in the villages of New Galloway, Dalry and Balmaclellan. The opportunities are open to all but will target older people, carers, disabled people and low income families.

Kirkcudbright Development Trust have secured a total grant of £850,000.

This project will redevelop a disused former primary school in Kirkcudbright. The project will see the former Johnston School converted into a new community hub, a childcare centre, a tourist attraction, micro-business units, and a base for local emergency services.

Finlay Carson has praised both projects on their successful applications which will enhance the local communities they serve.


Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP, Finlay Carson said:

“I am absolutely delighted by the news that both Kirkcudbright Development Trust and The Glenkens Community and Arts Trust have secured National Lottery Funding.

“I really welcome the re-development of the old Johnston School. It is fantastic to know that the exciting plans to bring the disused building back to life for the benefit of the entire community will now go ahead, after so many years of uncertainty.

“The Glenkens Community and Arts Trust does fantastic work in the local community and I know that this funding will go a long way toward ensuring that they can continue to be a major part of life for so many people in the Glenkens for years to come.”


Announcing the grants across Scotland, Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said:

 “Thanks to National Lottery players, this £9.6 million investment will reach into communities across Scotland and transform the lives of local people. Each of these inspiring projects will assist people at the times when they need most support, providing them with the tools, confidence and skills to work towards a more positive future.”