Funding awarded to tackle poverty in communities

Organisations in Stewartry and Wigtown are among those to benefit in Dumfries and Galloway’s latest round of Tackling Poverty through Participatory Budgeting Funding.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 2:39 pm
Updated Friday, 21st May 2021, 3:08 pm
Stranraer’s Fed Up Community Cafe is among the organisations to benefit

This funding will enable all of the projects to continue to complete a range of specifically designed projects which will tackle poverty and inequalities within their communities.

Each project will now be able to either employ an individual in a new post which will be funded by grant awards or existing posts will be protected and will continue to deliver the vital support to those most in need at this critical time.

All the organisations who will receive funding were chosen by a public vote, with over 3,200 votes cast in all for 29 organisations.

In Stewartry a total of £26,020 has been awarded to Threave Rovers Youth Development (£15,000), Gatehouse Development Initiative – Wheels of Fleet (£8,640) and Castle Douglas Information Technology Centre (£2,380).

In Wigtown a total of £50,050 has been awarded to The Fed Up Community Cafe (£14,951), The Furniture Project Stranraer (£12,672), Potters Garden (£13,761), and Sleeping Giants CIC on behalf of A Listening Ear, Wigtownshire (£9,116).

Another almost £125,000 for distributed to another 11 organisations elsewhere in Dumfries and Galloway, bringing the total funding to £200,000.

John Martin, vice-chairman of the council’s Communities committee, said: “We have taken on-board all feedback received from the three previous funding streams along with the detailed evaluations of previous funding allocations to develop this funding stream."

“Although we could not hold any in-person public voting events this year, we were still able to complete the process through our website which has specifically been designed by COSLA to complete the online voting element of all participatory budgeting processes throughout Scotland.

"We are very happy with the level of engagement throughout the region and would like to thank everyone who voted for your time in helping this process to identify the groups which you feel are making the most difference to our most vulnerable individuals and families.”