Anti-poverty fund open to provide employment opportunities

Dumfries and Galloway Council has £200,000 available for groups across the region in the latest round of Anti-Poverty Participatory Budgeting Funding– Working Your Way Out of Poverty.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 3:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 3:21 pm
Councillor Andy Ferguson
Councillor Andy Ferguson

The money is offered with the specific purpose of it needing to be used to increase employment opportunities

This funding offers organisations the opportunity to increase their capacity by recruiting additional staff to support them to deliver projects which tackle various forms of poverty.

This targeted approach aims to ensure that the delivery of critical services will continue during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.

It is hoped the projects delivered will ultimately increase income from employment, help to reduce the costs of living and increase income from national and regional benefits and benefits in kind.

The fund is now open for applications, closing on Monday, March 15. For more information visit

Councillor Andy Ferguson, chairman of the Communities Committee, said: “We’re very pleased to again offer the opportunity for community groups to take part in our next round of Participatory Budgeting to help to tackle poverty and inequalities within our region.

"This funding has been developed to help to increase the number of employees within the organisations who are delivering the essential services to those that are most in need and would be an ideal opportunity for volunteers to progress to these individuals becoming paid employees.”