Forty three projects are being supported by the Local Authority, who together will share more than £118,000 of funding from the regional Events Strategy.
Ten major events projects, including a World Cup Gravel Cycling Event in Gatehouse of Fleet, Stranraer Oyster Festival and the Dumfries based Wild Goose Festival are to receive funding, and are sure to attract thousands of visitors to Dumfries and Galloway in 2023.
The Council received a record number of applications to its Community Events Fund 2023/24, and is providing grant support to 33 smaller scale festivals and events, that are to take place from Moffat to the Mull of Galloway, Penpont to Portpatrick this year.
The Council is also in the process of preparing the UK’s first Greener Events Toolkit, to encourage festivals and events projects to be organised with fewer carbon impacts. The toolkit is intended to drive forward best practice in events planning in Dumfries and Galloway.
Councillor Linda Dorward, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee said, “The Council has hit the ground running with the implementation and delivery of the new regional Events Strategy. We have a terrific partnership with the region’s events organisers, and the forty three grants we have signed off will be tremendous for community confidence and tourism in our region.” Councillor John Campbell, the Vice-Chair of the Communities Committee said, “The Council is determined to make Dumfries and Galloway the best place in rural Scotland in which to plan, manage, deliver and visit great festivals and events. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis, we are doing everything we possibly can to support our local economy and aid community wellbeing.”
The full list of grants will be published on the Council’s website.