4 Projects To Receive Over £1.5 Million To Help Level Up Communities In Dumfries & Galloway

The Community Renewal Fund will pilot new programmes that invest in people, boost skills and support local business – to build more communities that people are proud to call home.

The £200 million Fund is supporting almost 500 projects in towns, villages and coastal communities across the whole United Kingdom,including 4 projects across Dumfries and Galloway, to ensure that no place is left behind as the UK Government delivers on its commitment to level up the country.

Many of the successful projects are supporting the UK’s path to net zero carbon emissions, giving businesses creating clean technology a boost and ensuring that jobs are future proof. This money will help supercharge regional growth in an industry which has a crucial role to play in the UK’s net zero ambitions.

Local projects being funded include:

The Crichton 21st Century Village
The UK Government is providing £979,710 to the Crichton Trust for The Crichton Quarter/ 21st Century Village, including design competition, investment prospectus, and investigation of community partnership delivery vehicle which may potentially own and develop the land.

Visitor Attraction in Dumfries
The UK Government is providing £280,237 to the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust for plans for a new immersive exhibition of Classic Children’s Literature. The design team will commission local businesses to develop and install the exhibition, investing in local businesses and strengthening community links.

Whithorn Re-build: Renewing the Old Town Hall
The UK Government is providing £300,000 to The Whithorn Trust.  The Whithorn, a Grade-B listed Georgian town hall, will be renewed into a multiple-use museum and arts venue. The building will host a new social enterprise, equipping young people with traditional stonemasonry and joinery skills to restore the building, and showcasing energy efficiency innovation.

New Galloway Town Hall
The UK Government is providing £175,000 for the New Galloway Town Hall to be renewed into an accessible, functional, low-emission space for community use.