Helping to fund heritage in Galloway

Funds raised through the National Lottery are helping people celebrate the history of towns, villages and communities across Galloway.

Since January this year, local groups have received over £377,000 yet there is still much to be done to uncover the area’s past. Dumfries & Galloway is one of the team’s priority areas as fewer HLF grants have been awarded here than in other areas of Scotland.

Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said: “Dumfries & Galloway has so much history waiting to be discovered and so many stories waiting to be told.

That’s why we’re working to encourage more local groups to apply for funding and join the many other projects which are giving the area’s heritage the recognition it deserves. We are delighted to be able to offer two workshops next week to give additional support and advice to applicants.”

The area has a fascinating past from the natural heritage of the Solway Firth and the Galloway Forest to the important role the region played during the First World War.

Many local groups are already exploring that heritage thanks to HLF funding. Their projects have involved people of all ages in learning new things, trying new experiences and having fun.

In Whithorn the Hearth, Home & Farm project will enable pupils from local schools to learn about a range of farming techniques dating from the Iron Age.

The Whithorn Trust received an ‘Our Heritage’ grant of £22,700 to deliver the project.

Penninghame Primary School in Newton Stewart will celebrate its 50th anniversary by delivering a project that will explore the school’s history thanks to a Sharing Heritage grant of £10,000 amd Spring Fling received a grant of £10,000 for young people to learn traditional heritage crafts

HLF’s team is keen to build on this success. If you are interested in applying for a grant or have the beginnings of an idea for a heritage project, they would love to hear from you.

They will be at the Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries: Wednesday, October 28, from 2-5 pm.

Also attending will be representatives from Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Local Action Group who will be able to advise on opportunities for funding through their new LEADER 2014-2020 programme.

Call Annie Mottisfont, Development Officer on 0131 225 9450 or email if you would like to book a session and get your project off the ground.