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Anti-poverty funding agreed

Over £350,000 has been allocated to fund anti-poverty projects as part of this year's council budget. The funding is designed to assist people currently experiencing poverty but also to help communities and individuals from falling into poverty.

Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson said:

Our Council is totally committed to tackling poverty in Dumfries and Galloway.  We created the Anti-Poverty Strategy and we continue to work with the Third Sector and many individuals and community groups region wide to ensure that we are bridging the gap in relation to those who are suffering poverty. 

I attended Nithsdale Area Committee yesterday and there was unanimous support across all parties to address poverty by allocating 100% of the funding that was requested by groups and individuals.  I am pleased to hear that colleagues in both Stewartry and Annandale and Eskdale also agreed to fund various projects relating to tackling poverty too.  There's still a long way to go, but by making decisions like these, we are well on the way to tackling poverty in Dumfries and Galloway and are making a real difference to those experiencing poverty.

Annandale and Eskdale

Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee members agreed substantial funding support for various projects in their area. There is over £83,000 left in the discretionary grant fund for Annandale and Eskdale.

Applications were received and agreed from:

  • Food Train
  • Langholm Initiative
  • Aberlour Childcare Trust
  • Social Enterprise Academy
  • Kate's Kitchen
  • Annandale Transport Initiative
  • Mossburn Farm
  • Langholm Playcare
  • Moorside Nucleus


Nithsdale Area Committee members have pledged over £160,000 to tackle poverty in Nithsdale in the next 12 months and beyond. There is around £80,000 of discretionary budget still to be allocated within the area.

Applications were received and agreed from:

  • Nithsdale Walking Works Network
  • Closeburn Community Council
  • Dumfries Unit (No 112) of the Sea Cadet Corps
  • Penpont Friendship Club
  • Sanquhar Senior Citizens Club
  • Locharbriggs Community Centre Association - Locharbriggs Senior Citizens
  • Moniaive Initiative (SCIO)
  • Nithsdale Furniture Project
  • Upper Nithsdale Arts and Crafts Community
  • Inspired Community Enterprise Trust Ltd
  • Initiative Limited
  • Buddies (SCIO)
  • New Abbey 65 Club
  • The First Base Agency
  • Apex Scotland
  • Dumfries Civic Pride
  • Holywood and Newbridge Community Council
  • Dumfries Global Education Group
  • Wanlockhead Museum Trust
  • Kirkconnel Parish Heritage Society
  • Summerhill Community Centre
  • The Hub D&G
  • Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus


Stewartry Area Committee agreed to in excess of £50,000 of anti-poverty funding which will be allocated to organisations right across the Stewartry.

Applications were received and agreed from:

  • Food Train
  • Aberlour Childcare Trust
  • CD Community Information Technology Centre
  • Gatehouse of Fleet YMCA
  • Stewartry Council of Voluntary Service
  • Glenkens Community and Arts Trust Ltd
  • Dalbeattie Community Initiative Ltd


Wigtown Area Committee members unanimously agreed to allocate £15,040 from the Discretionary Fund in addition to the £70,350 originally allocated to tackle poverty in their local area.

Applications were received and agreed from:

  • Apex Scotland
  • Stair Park Community Garden Centre
  • The Furniture Project Stranraer Ltd
  • Toskerton Senior Citizens Club
  • Park Primary School Parent Council
  • The River Cree Hatchery and Habitat Trust
  • LGBT Plus
Page last updated: 31/03/17